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Isaiah Thomas admits he expected to go through his recent struggles

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After spending seven months out with a hip injury, Isaiah Thomas finally made his debut for the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this month and showed no signs of rust in his opening two games.

IT dropped 17 points in 19 minutes in his first outing against the Portland Trail Blazers and followed that up with 19 points in 21 minutes against the Orlando Magic - which both resulted in wins.

But in his last two games, his production has dropped significantly and he's started to struggle with his rhythm on the court.

It certainly hasn't helped that the Cavs as a whole have been in a slump as they've lost three straight games, but Thomas admits he expected to see a drop-off in his contribution after such a long time out.

"I knew it was going to be like this," Thomas said, as quoted by ESPN's Dave McMenamin. "I have no legs. So it's going to take some time to get it back, even when I played well those first two games I told coach (Tyronn) Lue it didn't feel right. It was kind of fool's gold.

"The shots were going in, but none of my movements, none of the things I usually do felt normal. It's going to be like that for a while. I've just got to be patient.

Portland Trail Blazers v Cleveland Cavaliers

"I'm my biggest critic; I'm not a patient person. So it's killing me that ... I'm used to stepping on the court and being special. So now I've got to work. I've got to work my way back and get my legs back and get my legs back to playing at a high level."

After a five-game road trip - where they won just once - the Cavaliers return home but have the daunting task of trying to snap their losing streak against the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.

It's the latest installment in the NBA's most exciting rivalry and it'll be the first taste for Isaiah. He'll be tasked with going up against two-time MVP Stephen Curry and it's a challenge he's relishing.

Golden State Warriors v Boston Celtics

"He's a hell of a player," he said. "It's tough to play against him, but at the same time he's got to guard up, too. We're going to battle and we're going to do whatever we can to get our team a win (Monday) night."

The Cleveland point guard is averaging just 12.3 points, 3.3 assists, and 1.3 rebounds while on a minutes restriction with the team but he'll hope to endear himself to the Wine and Gold faithful with a strong performance against the men from the Bay Area.

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