He scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 124-115 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Little Caesars Arena. As a group, you've got to bring what Kevin does.
It's obviously an unfortunate injury for Love, by the way. In 47 games, Love is averaging approximately 18 points and 10 rebounds per game on 46 percent shooting from the field.
That undoubtedly sounds hyperbolic.
More than half the NBA's teams will be in action Wednesday night, including the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat, who now own the third and fourth seeds, respectively, in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs had lost 10 of 15 heading into Tuesday's game, and they trail Boston and Toronto atop the Eastern Conference. He said on January 5, after having played in just one game so far, that he was playing at about "80 percent".
Now, he has locked in a strong point-spread pick for Cavaliers-Pistons, and you can only see it over at SportsLine.
Much has been made recently about how James has a negative plus-minus for the first time since his rookie season.
Thomas has not been taking the criticism against him sitting down.
Sunday in Cleveland, Thomas told reporters that Cleveland's issues are not exclusively his fault. They've held a share of the league's worst defense almost halfway through the season, had an unproductive - and publicly reported - player's meeting, dealt with porous amounts of friendly fire pettiness, and now, after an embarrassing loss, will be without Kevin Love for up to two months. Which, life isn't fair, but that's not fair, bro. He told his teammates, coach Doc Rivers and owner Steve Ballmer, "I want my legacy to be a Clipper". "That's the ultimate goal". Jae Crowder - who's struggled - will assume a larger role as well if the Cavs opt to play smaller. After Tuesday's loss, they are the worst defensive team in the National Basketball Association, allowing 109.8 points per 100 possessions, and Thomas certainly isn't the only reason. Cleveland's bench outscored its starters, 62-52.
Isaiah Thomas has never been a good defender, but those deficiencies have been exposed in Cleveland to the tune of a decades-worst defensive performance this year. The Pistons also had a 27-6 advantage in fast-break points. "If we can do that, we'll put ourselves in a position to be ready for the postseason". User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. "It's gonna be tough, but we gotta figure it out", Thomas said. Right now, though, he's creating far more problems than he's solving. The Pistons led 89-84 going into the fourth quarter after Stanley Johnson scored nine points in the third quarter. Will it affect how active they are, or aren't, before the trade deadline?
Expect Houston to add at least one ballhandler before March 1 so that Harden (or Paul) aren't overly taxed before the postseason.
ESPN reported that Love will be sidelined six to eight weeks with the broken left hand. Crowder was averaging 8.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.