Cleveland Cavaliers star Isaiah Thomas was fined $20,000 on Wednesday, January 10 following his ejection for a stiff-arm challenge on Minnesota's Andrew Wiggins, the National Basketball Association announced. "[Lue] doesn't even have to say anything".
"That's just seven months being off", Thomas explained. The hit was so nasty it seemed like there had to be something personal between Thomas and Wiggins, outside and above the game situation.
The Cavs playmaker's chop connected with Wiggins' throat, earning him a flagrant two foul and an ejection. "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".
The Pacers have only around $39.9 million in guaranteed salary for the 2018-19 season, so they have a ton of financial flexibility to make moves in free agency.
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The New York Daily News reported that he has been suspended by the union pending that inquiry. CSE Talent, for whom Wood worked, reportedly fired him upon learning of the allegations.
"We got a lot of new guys so hopefully they don't know the old Cavs", Lue said. The things we can control, we've got to control them, do better, to see a consistent difference in our approach and outcomes of games. 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. "There's gonna be nights like this - I know that".
"I've only played three games".
"I think with JR and Jae, they just can't turn down shots". The Cavs, with an 11-10 road record, enter the matchup 4-6 record in their last 10 overall with Monday's 28-point loss to Minnesota still fresh in their minds. Wednesday's practice started with a film session to address these problems after losing six of their past nine games.