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Thomas, sidelined by a groin injury, wasn’t with the team when it posted a lopsided 117-87 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. That led to speculation on Boston sports radio and local TV about whether Boston might be better without Thomas because of the ball movement the team displayed in his absence. Asked if he’d heard any of the chatter before Friday’s 101-94 loss to the Toronto Raptors, Thomas downplayed it. “‘They’re a better team without me. The ball moves better without me.’ I see it all,” Thomas said. “They gotta write something. They say the stupidest things so they get the headlines and everybody can talk about it. I can’t control that. At this point, I laugh about it now. Because it’s like, if you really think that, OK, that’s fine. I know what I mean to my teammates, I know what I mean to this organization and to (coach) Brad Stevens. The ball moved a little better without me. I guess so.”
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