Isaiah Thomas' downward spiral continues with Lakers

Isaiah Thomas' downward spiral continues with Lakers

Last summer, Isaiah Thomas dared the Celtics to bring out the “Brinks truck” if they wanted to re-sign him. That’s only still a possibility if the “Brink’s truck” is filled with pennies.

The point guard’s wretched season has only gotten worse since he was shipped to the Lakers at the trade deadline, as a spare part in a three-team trade that seemingly remade the Cavaliers into championship contenders. Since the blockbuster deal, which saw Cleveland ship Thomas and their first-round pick to the Lakers in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. –– the team also picked up forward Rodney Hood from the Jazz –– the Cavaliers are 6-1 and back in third place in the Eastern Conference. They went 7-8 when Thomas was on the roster.

Thomas didn’t just play poorly with the Cavaliers. He contributed to their discontent, accusing Kevin Love of faking sick and pitting his teammates against each other. While nursing his busted hip through the first three months of the season, Thomas spent lots of time bemoaning the Celtics for trading him. When he returned to the court, he proved general manager Danny Ainge to be exactly right. 

And now, Thomas is also kvetching about the Cavaliers’ lack of loyalty. He told ESPN this week the Cavs didn’t show any patience with him.

“I didn’t think they would pull the trigger that fast, 15 games,” he said in an interview with E:60 that will air March 11. “But again, it’s a business. And the Cavs were, I mean, they were in panic mode. We were losing –– a lot. And I think they felt like they needed to make a move, and they, they basically cleared house.”

The Lakers have played Thomas off the bench during his first six games with them, due to their interest in the development of young guards Lonzo Ball and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Thomas was an effective sixth-man prior to joining the Celtics and could conceivably supply the Lakers with some offense off the bench. But that hasn’t happened yet. Thomas is shooting 39 percent from the field and is averaging just 13.2 points per night. He’s also nursing the highest turnover percentage of his career –– never mind his sagging defense. 

It’s a small sample size, but it’s apparent Thomas is woefully out of rhythm. Perhaps his hip is still damaged, and maybe he will never get it back. But it seems like he needs more than just a change scenery. 

Just nine months ago, Thomas scored 53 points for the Celtics in an incredible overtime postseason win against the Wizards. Even by professional sports standards, this has been a spectacularly fast fall. 

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Source: GreenStreet Blog

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