Isaiah Thomas Participates in Full Court Drills for the First Time

Isaiah Thomas missed the end of the Celtics’ 2017 playoff run with an injury to the right side of his hip. Since the injury was announced, it’s been the source of constant speculation. It initially caused a delay in the Cavs and Celtics’ swap of Kyrie Irving and Thomas. His first timetable for return was said to be after the All-Star break. Now the Cavs expect him back in January, which, according to a new report from ESPN, seems to be realistic.

Thomas participated in full court drills for the first time as a Cavalier, running up and down in five-on-zero reps, according to the report.

Thomas said he “felt good for the most part” after practice.

Thomas had a career-year in 2016-17, leading the Celtics to the top seed in the East while averaging 29 points per game.

Isaiah Thomas Says He’ll ‘Be Back Dropping 30 Points a Night’

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Report: Cardinals make formal trade offer for Marlins’ Stanton

The St. Louis Cardinals have made a formal trade offer to the Miami Marlins in an attempt to acquire National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, reports MLB Network’s Jon Morosi.

St. Louis is the latest team to express strong interest in landing the slugger, following in the footsteps of the San Francisco Giants.

Miami is looking to shed payroll and Stanton, who hit 59 home runs this past season, is owed $295 million over the next 10 years. Because of the 28-year-old’s massive contract, it’s likely an acquiring team will want the Marlins to be on the hook for some money.

Stanton, a native of Panorama City, Calif., has a full no-trade clause and can essentially control where he plays next. His contract features an opt-out following the 2020 season.

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DeRozan scores 33 points, Raptors top Wizards for fourth straight win

TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan wasn’t letting the Washington Wizards get away with another win at the Air Canada Centre.

The Raptors’ three-time all-star scored 33 points to lift Toronto to a 100-91 win over Washington on Sunday, as the Raptors exacted some revenge on their Eastern Conference rival.

C.J. Miles added 12 points, while Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet finished with 10 points apiece, as the Raptors (11-5) stretched their win streak to four games.

Bradley Beal had 27 points to lead the Wizards (9-7), who were missing John Wall (sore left knee).

The hard-fought affair saw the lead change hands 17 times, and neither team lead by more than eight points through the first three quarters.

Leading 79-76, DeRozan and the Raptors took over in the fourth. Miles was fouled on a three-point shot four minutes into the fourth and his free throw put Toronto up by six points. A basket by Pascal Siakam two minutes later would stretch that to nine.

Washington pulled back to within five points, but VanVleet knocked down a three with 1:15 to play, and then DeRozan drove hard to the net for a dunk with 54 seconds left that had the capacity crowd roaring, and gave Toronto a comfortable 10-point lead.

The Raptors had dropped a dreadful 107-96 decision to Washington on Nov. 5 at the Air Canada Centre, that saw coach Dwane Casey criticize the starters and Lowry get ejected for arguing with an official.

The Wizards were missing Wall that game as well, but Beal more than picked up the slack in a 38-points performance.

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