Thomas later insisted he had not meant to strike Wiggins in the neck.
And that prayer is routinely answered. He will take the court once again against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.
Thomas isn't the centerpiece of any franchise, not in today's National Basketball Association, but he's the type of player that can help sustain a franchise - if that makes any sense.
"That was attractive. It doesn't matter how tall you are guarding him, he's gonna find a way to go up", LeBron James said. With LeBron James and Kevin Love on the floor, the defense can not key in on Thomas alone.
The Cavs need to learn how to play with Thomas, and vice versa.
The Cavs' 131 points against the Magic was a season high.
The Cavaliers were blown out by 28 points by the Timberwolves, falling behind by as many as 36 points during the third period. The 5 ft 9 point guard left the game with 9 points on 3 for 11 shooting. The players have a combined 10 championships between them. "There's gonna be nights like this - I know that".
"I just couldn't make nothing", Thomas said.
Cleveland will be without point guard Derrick Rose (ankle) and possibly small forward Iman Shumpert (foot) on Thursday night.
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Last season, before his injury, Thomas was at the top of his game and was expected to cash in on a max offer once he hit the free agent market. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue has said Thomas will likely site Friday at Indiana.
But there's no question what he's done so far for the Cavs offense. "With me, I'm able to push the pace a little more, get the ball out of Bron's hands and show the defense something different that they haven't seen all year".
"I felt pretty good out there".
"I've got to figure out a better way to start the game off", he said.
Crawford said what he and Thomas have is special and "rare". "I'm like, 'We're definitely not going to have a problem with me pushing the pace".
The Cavs playmaker's chop connected with Wiggins' throat, earning him a flagrant two foul and an ejection. We've got to be the aggressor on both ends of the floor.
Dwyane Wade also talked of the "totally different dimension" Thomas brings.
"I'm still trying to get back in the thick of things, getting my rhythm and getting everything back for me, individually". I know anything around the head, especially if it looks bad, you're going to probably be thrown out. And while there are no changing things now, it really speaks volumes as to how close these guys really are. "He's a scorer, man".