Isaiah Thomas is playing a leading role in the Cavaliers’ chaos. Earlier this week, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported players accused forward Kevin Love of faking an illness after checking out of their blowout loss to the Thunder Saturday just three minutes and four seconds into the contest. As it turns out, Thomas was reportedly the loudest skeptic.
A source told the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola Thomas “led the charge against Love.” If true, this would be the second time in five days Thomas has generated dissension in Cleveland. The point guard called out his teammates and coach, Tyronn Lue, following their loss to Oklahoma City.
“If guys ain’t doing the right job they need to come out of the game,” he said, per Slam Online.
Thomas also called out his team’s defensive effort, saying the Celtics played “a lot harder” than this Cleveland club.
It’s been a rough start to Thomas’ Cavaliers career. After missing the first two-and-a-half months of the season due to injury, he’s struggled to find a rhythm offensively next to LeBron James and has played poorly on the defensive side as well. Kyrie Irving, meanwhile, is currently the only reliable scorer on the Celtics.
Boston may be in a tailspin, losing four straight games. But the Celtics’ lack of consistent scoring can be rectified with a midseason acquisition. The Cavaliers, right now, are a complete mess. And Thomas seems to only be exacerbating the problem.
Worst of all, thanks to Paul Pierce, Thomas’ Celtics tribute video won’t get played when the Cavaliers visit the T.D. Garden next month. The hits keep on coming.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog