Now, it’s Isaiah Thomas’ turn to speak. Thomas has …

Now, it’s Isaiah Thomas’ turn to speak. Thomas has seemingly been at the center of most of what’s gone wrong for the Cavaliers in January — from a porous defense, to an uneven offense; from calling out Kevin Love in the locker room to Love handing him the ball on the court as though he was a child. Thomas spoke after practice Saturday for the first time in a week, and he had much to say. “We’ve been a lowest five defensive team in the NBA the whole time, so when I come back, it’s my fault now,” Thomas said. “Which, life isn’t fair, but that’s not fair, bro. At all.”
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That’s why for him, the connectivity between tonight’s game and Boston’s ultimate goal – winning a championship – are intertwined in such a way that you can’t realistically look at one without acknowledgement of the other, which is why he’s operating on a level of focus unlike any prior to this point in his basketball career. “We’re two games away from going to the NBA Finals,” Brown told NBC Sports Boston. “And six [wins] away from doing something special. We’re too close and we came too far to not be focused.”