Isaiah Thomas fined $20K for flagrant foul on Andrew Wiggins

Isaiah Thomas fined $20K for flagrant foul on Andrew Wiggins

Although there didn't seem to be any ill intent by Thomas (since he immediately reached down to check on Wiggins on the floor after the play), the officials reviewed the play and assessed a flagrant foul 2, thus ejecting IT with 6:47 left in the third quarter.

Thomas maintained his innocence when it came to intent, but understood the referees' decision.

Windhorst also pointed out that last summer (when he was still in Boston) Thomas said on a Celtics' broadcast that the organization knows they have to "bring the Brink's truck out" to keep him. "But I know anything around the head is really. especially if it looks bad, you're going to probably be thrown out".

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Thomas scored nine points in 19 minutes in the 127-99 loss as the Cavs dropped to 26-14 on the year. The league did announce a $20,000 fine on Thomas for the infraction, however. There's going to be nights like this. "Film doesn't lie. We've got to be more physical". "We've got to play harder on both ends; we've got to push the pace offensively; we've got to pressure up defensively and take teams out of what they want to do. One thing about this team, we have a short memory and we always move on to the next one and we figure things out and adjust". Though they are still sitting atop the Central Division, it is hard to imagine the Cavs achieving their lofty goals this season if their defense does not improve.

As former Kansas Jayhawk and 2014 NBA Rookie of the year Andrew Wiggins blew past Cavs guard J.R. Smith, IT4 stepped in and essentially slapped Wiggins in the face - a foul that could not be argued as an attempt at stealing the ball.

He finished with a team-high 25 points on Monday and added six rebounds. None of them have played in the Finals (Dwyane Wade, another addition, has three titles and five Finals to his name), and when Thomas and Crowder joined the Cavs via trade one of the organization's talking points was their hunger for a first taste of June basketball was supposed to spice things up for this team during the regular season.

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