Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Isaiah Thomas looked like the player the Cavs should have never traded

Isaiah Thomas looked like the player the Cavs should have never traded

LOS ANGELES - When LeBron James' name was called when the Cleveland Cavaliers' starting lineup was introduced, Los Angeles Lakers fans greeted the superstar with a warm applause.

The Lakers - now the 3rd-ranked team in the Pacific Division standings with a 30-36 overall record - will be back in action on Tuesday night, as they're scheduled to host the Denver Nuggets inside the Staples Center.

Unsurprisingly, Mayweather boasted court-side seats, sat alongside actor Jack Nicholson as the pair watched the Lakers run out 127-113 winners.

[Reserve Kyle] Korver, like James, did not want to label the Cavs at the moment. As the Cavaliers called timeout while down 115-94, James palmed the ball and motioned as if he wanted to throw it in frustration before cocking back.

The Lakers' exciting performance against Cleveland underlined that notion, for whatever it's worth in James' mind. "Never played against JC and Larry, other than practice".

The Lakers did have a lot of fun on Sunday night at James' expense.

With this being his first game against the team that recently traded him, Thomas was motivated to have a good game, and he was able to accomplish that.

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"No, I don't need to show anybody", Thomas said.

"I'll never accept a loss", James said. "The world knows what I can do".

San Antonio are just 3-10 over the past 13 games and their schedule to close out the season does them no favours, with match-ups remaining against Houston (twice), New Orleans (twice), Golden State, Washington (twice), Oklahoma City and Portland. James entered the game averaging 26.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and a career-best 9.0 assists.

James could leave Cleveland as a free agent this summer and the Lakers are tipped to land the 14-time NBA All Star.

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After keeping the machine humming as the third-best team in the Western Conference for most of the season, the Spurs have started to tumble in the standings. As a person. Something I knew I could do. Nance scored 16 points with eight rebounds while Clarkson scored four points with four assists. He smiled and added: "Uninvited, but they stopped in".

The lack of fireworks couldn't discount the fact that Thomas played well against the Cavaliers and that he got some form of revenge whether he admits it or not. One of the big moves that they made was the decision to trade Isaiah Thomas to the Lakers.

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