Making his Cavaliers debut Tuesday night, Thomas looked a bit rusty but still finished with an impressive 17 points in just 19 minutes off the bench against the Trail Blazers. He won’t be playing on any back-to-backs for the time being, but his minutes should sit in the low 20s, at a minimum, in his next game and proceed upward from there. Thomas’ health should likewise continue trending in a positive direction, and given the talented teammates alongside him, he should be primed for plenty of both scoring and assist opportunities immediately.
Smith is in for an extended stint as a starter in the wake of Reggie Jackson’s ankle injury, and as he’s done in the past with similar opportunities, he’s already parlaying the extra run into some meaningful production. Smith is averaging 14.6 points (on 51.6 percent shooting), 4.0 rebounds a
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