Many things have changed in the NBA in the last few months, and two best teams in the Eastern Conference made some big changes. The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics made a big trade that has has a big impact on both teams so far this season. The Cavaliers gave up one of their best players, Kyrie Irving, for isaiah thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and a couple of draft picks.

After the first two and a half months of the season, the Boston Celtics hold the best record in the East with 30 wins and 10 losses. Their record is also the third-best in the entire NBA, and they had a 16-game win streak earlier in the season.

On the other side, the Cavaliers are 24-12 and currently own the third seed in the conference. These two teams have played against each other only once so far, and it was in the season opener. However, their next game will be played in a few days, and Kyrie Irving talked about it.

Irving talks about Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas was the third-best scorer in the NBA last season and he led the Boston Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals where they faced off against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Thomas gave his team all he had, but he ended up suffering an injury that has kept him out for months. During the offseason, the Celtics decided to trade him to the Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving, which was a heartbreaking moment for Thomas.

On January 3, Thomas will return to Boston for the first time since the trade. He is still hurt by what happened in the offseason, but he wants to get his revenge and beat his former team.

Kyrie Irving, who has been amazing this season, recently talked about Thomas' return to Boston. “That guy put on some performances, epic performances,” the point guard said.

He added how Thomas was amazing on a consistent basis and that he established himself as one of the best players in the league in Boston. “And you’re just nothing short of happy for a guy like that. And whether or not he plays, it’s going to be nothing but love for him from Boston," Irving added.

Will Thomas play against Boston?

Isaiah Thomas tried to force the Cleveland Cavaliers to play him last week, but the team denied him. However, he is targeting the first week of January for his return, so there is a good chance that we see him make a Cavaliers debut against his former team.

The Cavaliers will open the new year at home as they will host the Portland Trail Blazers Tuesday night. However, right after it, they will travel to Boston to face off against the Celtics.