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It’s been a hectic week for Isaiah Thomas. Before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, the Cavaliers would ship Thomas to the Los Angeles Lakers. And last night against the Dallas Mavericks, IT would make his debut. Albeit from the bench.

But it’s a debut he can be proud of, despite the fact that the Lakers would fall 130-123 to one of the worst teams out west.

I wanted to bring something to the table. I felt like I got my powers back playing on this team.

Thomas would finish with 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting over 31 minutes of action. But it’s his six turnovers that would ultimately cost the Lakers the game. Still, IT feels good. And he’s ready to hold on to that feeling. He needs to hold on to that feeling.

As I get more familiar with the guys and playbook, it will be even better, especially in close games, executing down the stretch. I had one key turnover where I might have jumped and didn’t know where guys are. That is just getting familiar with each other … it is tough putting a new guy out there. I mean, I don’t know really any plays.

Thomas is expected to back up Lonzo Ball upon the rookie’s return. In the meantime, he’s playing for a new contract. Not necessarily for the Lakers, of course. But ultimately for himself.

Was his debut Saturday night a sign of things to come?

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