Thomas was immediately apologetic after the hit, but that did not stop it from being assessed as a Flagrant-2 foul by the officials.
"I've gotten numerous steals like that, going out like that", Thomas said afterward. I'm not sure if that could even be considered a silver lining, but sometimes in life you just take what you can get. I apologized right away because I didn't mean to do that. Some saw the acquisition of Thomas - in a blockbuster trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston - as the spark Cleveland's lineup needed to avoid such spells. "I'm not the type of player or person to do that", Thomas said.
Gilbert, an eternal optimist who aligns himself with risk-takers and appreciates overcoming odds, must like it when he hears Thomas say things like: "My story is my story and it always ends up that where I get the last laugh".
Thomas, who is on a minutes restriction as he plays his first National Basketball Association action in 7½ months, did not reach his allotted threshold. But Orlando mounted a furious comeback, drawing to within three points with 40 seconds left.
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Isaiah Thomas may have found himself a home in Cleveland regardless of who is still on the team next season. "I think once you see it on film you kind of look at yourself in the mirror like, 'I can give a little more.' Once everybody does that we'll be fine".
"I was surprised because I went for the ball", he said. But there is no team that is going to have more inside information on Thomas than the Cavs.
Thomas had nine points after going 3 for 11. Thomas said he talked a lot last season, too, and admitted some of it can be attributed to the excitement over his return.
"We watched film and you can just see it". "I'm still trying to get back in the thick of things, getting my rhythm, get everything back for me individually".