Thomas: 'No bad blood between me and Kevin Love'

Ruben Hill
January 28, 2018

"It was", Love said.

"We've been a lowest five [rated] defensive team in the National Basketball Association the whole time [this season]", Thomas told ESPN Saturday.

Love and Green joked about the moment after the game, with Green faking outrage to the media and Love responding by saying "I don't like you, Jeff".

"I didn't call him out", Thomas said. I was just seeing where he was. And then after the game, I didn't [get to] ask him because he wasn't there. We go back to fifth and sixth grade. He never questioned the validity. To not be Isaiah Thomas? "That's all I can say about that".

Is Kevin Love fed up with the dysfunctional Cavs, or is he a master troll simply having some fun with (or at the expense of) his teammates? We didn't know why he wasn't on the bench supporting his teammates or why he wasn't in the locker room after the game. "And then he missed the next practice, which it still wasn't addressed". That's what it was. "I approached him about his situation and it went out of house like it shouldn't have been, but it was not nothing bigger than what the world was trying to make it, like some type of beef between me and him".

"If they're anxious about my shot selection, they must not have seen me play the last few years", Thomas said. We just wanted to know where was the support? But if Thomas and Love are getting along, that's good. And I'm not back to who I am.

So it appears that there was a team-wide lack of communication with regards to Love's injury.

According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, Thomas took the time following Saturday's practice to point out that the Cavs' stats on defense have been disappointing since the start of the season, and are not due to his return to the court. And he also said it's "not fair" that he's being targeted as a problem.

"Did you see I was smiling right after?" Thomas said of the exchange.

Yes, Irving is a ball-dominant point guard himself, but LeBron James and Co. had become accustomed to playing with him over the course of three years, a span that included a championship. Every day is a new day and I think we've been as positive as we can be with all the extra noise from the outside.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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