"When adversity hits, we go our separate ways," Thomas said, per ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin.
The two-time All-Star also called out the effort level of his teammates after the Cavaliers lost 120-88 to the Houston Rockets on Saturday. Cleveland.com shared his comments from the locker room:
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Isaiah Thomas questioned the Cavs' effort after the game: "I don't know the last time we got on the floor for a loose ball. I know that teams I've been on, defense is determined on deflections, steals, loose balls, who's the hardest working team." #Cavs https://t.co/3eR9uAhuGs
Thomas' critiques aren't necessarily wrong, but it's a case of the pot calling the kettle black. He was 3-of-13 from the floor and 1-of-6 from beyond the arc against Orlando, and he has been one of the worst players in the league since returning from his hip injury.
"If IT is going to be high-volume, no-efficiency and a poor defender, that's pretty hard to absorb," an NBA executive told Bleacher Report's Ken Berger. "The pieces don't fit."
In addition to the tangible impact Thomas has made on the court, he has been a lightning rod for drama off it. The New York Daily News' Frank Isola reported Jan. 23 that Thomas "led the charge" when Cleveland players called out Kevin Love during a team meeting.
Cleveland's problems don't originate with Thomas, and blame for the team's string of poor performances extends to almost everybody in the organization—from ownership to the players. But Thomas doesn't help matters when he points fingers.