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Thomas tallies 17 points in season debut, Cavs snap 3-game losing streak; Three takeaways

Crowder nears season-high with 17 points

Crowder registered his best game of the campaign, coincidentally on the same night his former and current teammate returned to the floor. Aside from James, he took the second-most shot attempts on the roster (12), effectively contributing inside (50%, 2-of-4) and outside (50%, 4-of-8) the perimeter.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” said Crowder of welcoming back Thomas. “That’s my guy. That’s my point guard. It helped a lot.”

The six-year veteran even added a hint of theatrics to his breakout performance, tossing the ball from just inside the baseline, over the backboard and into the hoop. Although the shot miraculously splashed through the net, it was not ruled a basket because the ball is considered to be out of bounds on such an attempt.

Although Thomas will sit out Wednesday’s contest against the Celtics, Crowder is set for his first appearance at TD Garden since the Eastern Conference Finals.

“I’m focused on getting the win,” Crowder said. “It’ll be a fun game.”

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John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (

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