The Cleveland Cavaliers finally debuted their off-season acquisition on Tuesday night, and they have to be thrilled with what they saw. Isaiah Thomas made his Cavs debut and scored 17 points in 19 minutes in a 127-110 home win over the Portland Trail Blazers. It was Thomas's first game since last May in the Eastern Conference Finals with the Boston Celtics, which was against his new team. The new Cavs' point guard made three three-pointers and added three assists before leaving with 8:10 left in the game and his team ahead by 12. Thomas hadn't played since May 19th due to a torn labrum that caused him to miss the first two months of the season. LeBron James enjoyed playing with his new teammate and scored 24 points, while Kevin Love chipped in 19 in the win. The Cavs were coming off tough losses to Golden State and Utah out west, but were sparked after the news of Thomas's debut came out on Monday. Unfortunately, the Cavaliers will rest their new point guard for their showdown in Boston against Thomas's former team, the Celtics on Wednesday night. They are expected to watch his minutes within the first couple weeks of playing time for their new star.
Kansas Drops Another Game at Home
The Kansas Jayhawks have dealt with rare struggles this season, more specifically at home, and it did not get any better on Tuesday night. Keenan Allen scored 15 points, while Norense Odiase and Justin Gray had 12 points apiece as No. 18 Texas Tech took down No. 10 Kansas, 85-73, at Allen Fieldhouse. For the first time ever, the Jayhawks did not lead at any point on their home floor, The Red Raiders led by as many as 16 and improved to 13-1 overall, including 2-0 in conference play, while handing the Jayhawks their third loss, all of which have taken place on their home floor. Deveonte Graham had 27 points, including going a perfect 13-for-13 at the free throw line, but the Jayhawks finished just 6-for-26 from beyond the arc and 0-for-12 from downtown in the second half. The loss also snapped Kansas's 16-game win streak against Texas Tech, as they have suffered three losses on their home floor for the first time since 2006-07. They trailed by 11 at halftime, but cut the deficit to as close as six with five minutes left, although, their struggles from three-point range and turnovers caused their comeback to fall short. Their schedule doesn't get easier, as they will visit No. 16 TCU on Saturday. The Red Raiders take their perfect conference record back home to host Kansas State that same day.
Texas A&M Drops Second Straight Game
The Texas A&M Aggies are playing themselves right out of SEC conversation just two games into conference play. After dropping the conference opener in a blowout loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide over the weekend, the Aggies dropped their second straight to the Florida Gators, 83-66, on Tuesday night. Egor Koulechov had 19 points and Keith Stone scored 18 to lead the 10-4 Gators, who improved to 2-0 in SEC play. The Aggies fell to the Crimson Tide by 22 as the fifth-ranked team in the country on Sunday, and after dropping in the recent AP polls, they were still unable to figure things out. Jay Jay Chandler had 17 points to lead Texas A&M, who was still without starters Admon Gilder and Duane Wilson. Gilder has missed four straight games with a knee injury, while Wilson also sat out with a knee issue. Leading scorer, D.J. Hogg, served the final game of a three-game suspension for undisclosed team rules violation. The Gators used a hot shooting first half to jump ahead by making 10-of-16 from three-point range, building their lead as large as 18 points. Florida finished shooting 51 percent in the win, and will move on to visit Missouri on Saturday. Texas A&M only got as close as 10 points and will look to earn their first conference win when they return home to host the LSU Tigers on Saturday afternoon.