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.”
May 21, 2018 | 4:02 pm EDT Update
Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr on Draymond Green’s Game 3 technical: “I thought it was unfair.” Said they’ll reach out to the league in hopes it’ll get rescinded.
Logan Murdock: James Harden on the Rockets’ confidence level going into Game 4: “We might get whooped by 40, we might lose by two. We might win by 20 but our same swagger, our same confidence is always there.”
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.”