June 24, 2018

Cavs' Tyronn Lue: Isaiah Thomas' critique of adjustments 'not true'

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Houston Rockets guards James Harden and Chris Paul celebrate after one of Harden's three-pointers during the second half of an NBA game at Toyota Center Monday Dec. 11 2017 in Houston. Rockets won 130-123. ( Karen Warren  Houston Chronicle

Isaiah Thomas said he is not hoping he's traded from the Cavaliers by Thursday's 3 p.m. deadline, while acknowledging the rocky start to his tenure here."I'm exhausted of being traded", Thomas said, after the Cavs stunned Minnesota, 140-138 in overtime.

Meanwhile Thomas called out the Cavaliers' mental toughness after the team's loss to the Magic Tuesday saying, "When we hit adversity, we go our separate ways". Windhorst believes only way to fix the team chemistry may be to trade the diminutive guard, even though he has not heard of anything concrete indicating that will happen.

But, what exactly does he mean?

A Cavalier from 1997-2010, Ilgauksas played with James for seven seasons before joining him on the 2010-11 Heat. After all, there's not a whole lot to like after this season. The Cavaliers have plenty of work to do, and at this point, it's probably safe to say Thomas won't be part of the equation. "They're going to make adjustments, and we have to do the same thing too, and we're not that good at that right now".

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Thomas has not made ardent strides since coming back from a torn labrum in his right hip that sidelined him for 7½ months. There's no way around that.

The Cavs had scored 43 points in the first quarter but failed to resist a fightback from the Magic, losing for the 14th time in 21 games.

James now has 6,193 boards across his two Cavaliers stints, and he grabbed 10 during a triple-double performance against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Quicken Loans Arena.

"Just taking some time to get ourselves jelling as far as offensively", Lue said, "with IT being out for so long, and then having to come back and, you know, having to play well, the pressure to play well, when he's really not 100 percent yet as far as getting his legs and conditioning-wise".

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