Albeit one game, Thomas was positive about his improved individual performance in Saturday's game with his new team.
The Cavaliers made headlines before the National Basketball Association trade deadline last week, after trading 6 players to different teams. Darren McCollester, Getty Images for Boston Children Dec. 25, 2016: Thomas flashes a smile during a time out in a game against the Knicks.
The Lakers had been smothering opponents during their surge, but went into matador mode in Dallas, allowing the Mavericks to score their most points of the season and capture a 130-123 win. "He's able to control pick-and-rolls like that and get people shots". "You can see his competitive spirit come out a little bit".
Isaiah Thomas was traded again before the deadline on Thursday in the Cavaliers' deal with the Lakers after having issues getting along with his teammates in Cleveland, while he was openly criticizing the way the Cavs were playing and being coached. I don't want to mess anything up.
The non-Laker teams who should have the biggest cap room include the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers.
Back-to-back jumpers by Dennis Smith Jr. and Doug McDermott, the latter with 2:34 to play, pushed Dallas to a 121-118 lead. It was his highest-scoring half of the season en route to finishing with a season-high 22 points.
Defense was the key to the Lakers' four-game winning streak.
Dwight Powell scored 19, two shy of his career high, for Dallas.
In his first game, Doug McDermott tallied eight points, three boards, three assists and a steal.
Whether Thomas remains with the Lakers after this season is another question. He was 4 of 7 from long range before halftime. Brook Lopez had 16 points, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 14.
Mavericks: F Josh McRoberts was waived.
"This is the best they have been playing".
LeBron also ignored Thomas before tying the game with 30 seconds left.
Thomas, 29, will be an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of this season. They put plays on my iPad. Despite that ominous message, Goodwin told USA Today's Sam Amick that Thomas was 'ecstatic' about the opportunity to play up-tempo with a young team in Los Angeles.
"I would love to be a starter". "Now is the time, and I think what's interesting is we have a chance to come back from the All-Star break, let the dust settle, regroup, come back as a team, have a couple days of practice". At the same time, it's a new chapter for me. "Due to the tight market, would not surprise me to see him at $12-15M or could be as low as a mid-level deal if one of the space teams does not value him".
Thomas said that he's there to help the Lakers however he can, even if that means not starting like he wants to. "We couldn't run a ton of stuff because he's been with us for one day, but he was good". "It doesn't matter down the road right now".