Speaking after the game, Thomas said to ESPN that he was surprised Cleveland chose to trade him away, but at the same time, he's glad he gets to have a fresh start in Los Angeles and be part of such a young and promising team. "I wish we would have came out [sic] with the win".
"I was shocked", Thomas said of the trade. I think a lot of guys had success in different systems. "I felt like I got my powers back playing on this team", Thomas told reporters.
Walton will be tasked with meshing Thomas into a lineup that also includes rookie Lonzo Ball (10.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 7.1 apg), who hasn't played since mid-January with a sprained MCL, and shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (13.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg). Some have seen enough in his 31 minutes as a Laker to declare that he is enough to make them a playoff team.
Simply, the Lakers lost this game by getting sloppy at inopportune moments. It sounds as if the Lakers will grant Thomas every opportunity to be productive. Despite Thomas' strong performance, the Lakers fell to the league-worst Mavericks 130-123.
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With his mother watching live, Randle tabbed 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists before fouling out and stewing over the defeat in the closing moments of the game.
From a Dallas native to Dallas' adopted son, Dirk Nowitzki displayed his famous shooting touch all night long. "I wasn't having a great year". Ingram started his fifth straight game at the position and scored 22 points while knocking down four of five 3-pointers. He also dished out six assists and turned the ball over six times.
Thomas said that he's there to help the Lakers however he can, even if that means not starting like he wants to. Trading Hart for Thomas didn't seem to help the Lakers' defensive ability down the stretch.
The 29-year-old Thomas, who continues to work himself back into form after a hip injury, is playing on an expiring contract - he will become an unrestricted free agent in July - which made him attractive for the Lakers, who will now have the space to add two max contracts in 2018 or 2019.