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NBA: Isaiah Thomas expected to play by January

NBA: Isaiah Thomas expected to play by January

Isaiah Thomas could be running the point for the Cleveland Cavaliers by the end of the year.

The all-star point guard, acquired from Boston this summer in a blockbuster trade, has made progress with his hip injury, and the Cavs expect him to be playing games by January.

Thomas has begun running and doing on-court activities as he rehabilitates the injury, which prematurely ended his postseason with the Celtics. Cleveland acquired him in a trade that sent all-star point guard Kyrie Irving to Boston, its biggest challenger in the Eastern Conference.

Thomas doesn’t need surgery. While he gets healthy, Derrick Rose, another summer acquisition, will start at point guard....

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