Thomas now finds himself wearing a third different uniform in the last eight months, but has kept the hopes up that a spry, up-tempo play style under Luke Walton would favor his game for the rest of the season. We have words for it, but it's that simple. "Things we've been doing all year long we stopped doing tonight".
Battling the Lakers (23-31) for the better part of 53 minutes before suffering a heartbreaking 107-101 overtime loss on January 13, the Mavericks will seek retribution Saturday night on their home floor.
Thomas, a lifelong Lakers fan, completed his first practice with his new team on Monday, an occasion that coincided with Lonzo Ball's first practice, albeit a limited one, in almost a month.
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Johnson explains that he would not have made the moves if not confident that he could use the money that would be saved in salaries to bring more talent to the team.
Julius Randle led the way for the Lakers with 26 points followed by Brandon Ingram and Thomas with 22 points. So, in his first practice with the Lakers, Thomas let the shots fly. Thomas continuously stung Dallas out of pick-and-rolls and did a nice job spotting up from deep.
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I feel like I'd be a different player six months later but everybody's scared to do it...", Federer added. And it proved to be a mature hour and 25 minutes from the young star to take out Ferrer, 6-4, 6-3.
"You can already see that he's a natural point guard where if he's coming off those type of plays", Walton said. And then we're going to see how tomorrow looks and the next day. McDermott, who came from the Knicks in a three-team trade, scored his first Dallas points on a breakaway dunk soon after entering the game in the first quarter.
The Mavericks also tried to exploit him on the defensive end by trying to get him switched onto their bigs.
Thomas was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in August in the deal that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, but played only 15 games after spending much of his time with Cleveland recovering from a hip issue. It was set up with a screen by Los Angeles big man Brook Lopez.
Kyle Kuzma scored 12 points and pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds.
Things that us fans don't think about during trades, such as having to buy a new house in a new city, leaving friends from your former team and having to make new friendships with your new teammates are all things that players who have been traded need to deal with.
The Lakers matched a season high with 16 three-pointers, but the defense was a concern.