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Isaiah Thomas asked to not receive a video tribute from the Celtics

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Because he’s not playing, Thomas doesn’t want the spotlight on him.

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Isaiah Thomas’ first appearance back in Boston will be delayed, as the Cleveland Cavaliers point guard will sit for the road game on Wednesday night. With Thomas resting in Boston, he requested that the team hold off on playing a video tribute for him, in order to wait for a game in which he will actually play.

The decision makes sense, as Thomas had stated that playing in Boston on a minute restriction would be too difficult for him emotionally. He looked fantastic against the Portland Trail Blazers, but still has some distance to cover before he looks like the MVP candidate he was last season.

While Thomas has some hard feelings about how things ended in Boston, there still seems to be some hard feelings from the Boston market about him voicing his displeasure over the situation.

After being called out by a Boston hockey writer, Thomas expanded on why he made the request to hold off on a video tribute:

With Thomas sitting out Wednesday, his return to Boston will need to wait until Feb. 11. By that time, Thomas should be off of a minute restriction and looking more like his former self. When that time comes, it should be one of the most highly anticipated games of the regular season.