After winning four games in a row, the Los Angeles Lakers had their streak broken after losing on the road to the Dallas Mavericks, 130-123. The game featured little defense as both teams were able to score on nearly every possession before the Mavericks pulled away near the end thanks to a couple of Lakers turnovers.
The big story for Los Angeles, however, was the debut of newly acquired Isaiah Thomas. Thomas, who was traded along with Channing Frye to the Lakers, came off the bench and scored an impressive 22 points to go along with six assists.
The point guard is still working his way into game shape after sitting out the first half of the 2017-2018 NBA season rehabbing his hip injury, but according to Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints, Thomas seems happy with his progress:
Isaiah Thomas on his hip: "I mean, this is the first real practice I had all year. Let's see how my hip responds tomorrow with the soreness & things like that, but I'm here. I'm here & I'm happy. Got my joy back & I'm ready to put on a show for the Lakers.” #LakeShow
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) February 12, 2018
Thomas’ time with the Cleveland Cavaliers was tenuous given the team’s struggles even after he returned, but the move to the Lakers seems to have invigorated him. Thomas said after the game against Dallas that he felt he got his powers back which only bodes well for Los Angeles going forward.
While Thomas’ future with the purple and gold is in question, it still does not take away from the fact that he will be a reliable rotation player for the remainder of the season. Once the offseason rolls around, however, it will be interesting to see if the front office decides to keep Thomas for the long haul.