Isaiah Thomas Scores 22 Points in Los Angeles Lakers Debut
Seems like Thomas may have gotten his ‘powers back.’
Although the Los Angeles Lakers suffered a seven-point loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night, Isaiah Thomas proved his critics wrong.
The former Cleveland Cavalier scored 22 points off the bench and had six assists in 31 minutes. The 29-year-old point guard pumped up the crowd as he knocked in a 3-pointer midway through the first quarter and remained efficient; hitting seven of his twelve field-goal attempts.
However, Thomas’ successful first game as a Laker was not enough for the Lakers to take home the victory, but Thomas was pleased with how things went.”I felt like I got my powers back playing on this team,” Thomas told reporters after the game.
When the trade was announced, critics were skeptical with this move, claiming that after his injury, Thomas has not been the same player and that he is a defensive liability. But, I mean who is the same player after a serious injury? Anyway, we can’t get too ahead of ourselves, as Thomas has only made one appearance in his purple and gold uniform so far. Thomas needs to continue to play with efficiency and consistency to prove to his critics that he is still a valuable player.
When asked about the trade, Thomas replied by saying he was shocked but at the same time happy to be with the Lakers. “It was a surprise, but at the same time, I am happy to have a new start, I am happy to be here with the Lakers, happy to be with a young team that is exciting, that likes to get up and down. That’s my style of play. I am here to help in any way possible. It’s a fresh start for me. I am excited.”
The Lakers will still be on the road for their next game, as they play against the New Orleans Pelicans Wednesday night (5 p.m. PT).