Isaiah Thomas opens up about return to Boston, facing Celtics

Isaiah Thomas feels at “home” in Boston.

The 30-year-old Nuggets guard returned to Boston healthy Monday and faced the Celtics for the first time since he left the team. Thomas played with the franchise from 2015-17.

“This feels like home,” Thomas told reporters, via “It’s always good to be in the city of Boston and to be in TD Garden. And I’m just happy to be back and around familiar faces and to really get that genuine real love.”

Boston played a tribute video for Thomas during the first quarter.

“That was big,” Thomas said about the video, via NBC Sports Boston. That was … special.”

The Celtics sent Thomas to the Cavaliers as part of the Kyrie Irving trade in August 2017. He was dealt from Cleveland to Los Angeles before signing with Denver this summer.

Thomas, who has struggled with injuries which have limited him to just 41 games over the last two seasons, said Boston “would have probably won a championship already” if he was still on the team. He added he still talks to Celtics coach Brad Stevens monthly.

“He’s a big part of my career,” Thomas said. “The best coach I’ve ever been coached by.”

Thomas played seven minutes and missed both his field goal attempts Monday. He made his only two career All-Star teams while with the Celtics.

“I didn’t think I missed in this building, but I haven’t been here in a while,” Thomas said, via The Athletic.

The Nuggets improved to 47-22 this season with a 114-105 win over Boston.