Isaiah Thomas Explains Why He's Been Struggling as of Late

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"We're going to battle and we're going to do whatever we can to get our team a win (Monday) night". Playoffs can start tomorrow for them and I think they'd be ready to go. And the Cavaliers are experiencing those growing pains right now - dropping two of I.T.'s first three starts. The slump began is Milwaukee on December 19, five games before Thomas was activated.

Thomas averaged a career-high 28.9 points and 5.9 assists per game last season for the Celtics.

"I'm excited about getting the opportunity to get back to playing again after getting a few days off", Thomas said. I've just got to be patient. "We have really good players".

Heading the list of fixtures is the National Basketball Association rematch between the Warriors and the Cavaliers, live on TNT and Watch TNT at 8:00 pm.

"I think so. We gotta get up". It is easy to say as we are mired in the team's usual mid-winter slump, but something else seems off. Some players go into the tank as they feel they've lost the confidence of their coach. The Warriors are slightly better at defending the arc and, on the other end, can use ball movement to stress the Cavs' relatively slow defenders. "We're up for the challenge", Lue said. But the Cavs have also had some good success against the former MVP, holding him to just 15 points on 4-for-11 shooting in last year's Christmas Day win at The Q.

But this season, Durant has developed into one of the league's toughest defenders - a feature very much on display in the first meeting this season when K.D. blocked five Cavalier attempts - including a key swat against LeBron James with 26.5 to play and the Wine & Gold trailing by three.

"If not, it'll be embarrassing, so the guys will be ready to play", said Lue.

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"He's great at pushing the pace, he's wonderful coming off screens, so it's going to be a different dynamic. It doesn't change, no matter what, no matter if you're playing well or you're not playing well when you face them'".

The Warriors, 19-3 on the road, are 8-2 over their last 10 games.

Isaiah Thomas said it's time for the Cavaliers' pride to kick in. "We gotta treat it like that".

The Warriors are expected to have guard Stephen Curry, who re-sprained his right ankle before Wednesday night's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers and did not play in Friday's victory at Milwaukee.

"It's an opportunity to compete against the best", Thomas said. Does he guard Thompson, allowing him to rise over the top easily for jumpers?

Those comments, which were recently used in a Nike ad that included other athletes who represent some of the president's flash points, came before James declared, "I'm not going to let, while I have this platform, to let one individual, no matter the power, no matter the impact that he should have or she should have, ever use sports as a platform to divide us".

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