Did LeBron James Snub Isaiah Thomas In Cavs Celebration After Buzzer-Beater?

Bryan Brandom
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LeBron James’ defensive effort has waned with his Cleveland Cavaliers’ recent brutal struggles.

But for a tight one against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night, the four-time MVP engaged on both ends of the floor to lead his team to an overtime victory, which featured a combined 40 three-pointers, an NBA record.

He made huge plays on both ends of the floor to seal the win, first erasing Jimmy Butler’s game-winning attempt with a massive weak-side block, throwing the rock back from whence it came.

With only one second remaining in the first overtime, LeBron fielded a long-distance inbounds pass and rocked back for a fadeaway game-winner, reminiscent of that bonkers buzzer-beater he’d hung on the Washington Wizards one year and one day earlier.

“Once I caught it, I just trusted everything I’ve done in my career,” said LeBron, who finished with a triple-double: 37 points, 10 rebounds, and 15 assists.

In spite Isaiah Thomas’ best efforts to join in on the chest-bumping celebration, LeBron and Co. appeared to ignore the point guard acquired in the Kyrie Irving trade over the summer.

LeBron also ignored Thomas before tying the game with 30 seconds left.

In January, Thomas questioned the legitimacy of an illness that forced Kevin Love to miss time. He’s also called out the team’s practice habits and accused head coach Tyronn Lue of lacking in the in-game adjustments department.

All this despite Thomas’ awful season so far—he’s shooting a vomit-inducing 36.1 percent from the field and 25.3 percent from three, and is historically bad on defense.

Yeah, the Cavs won, but they surrendered 138 points in 53 minutes; they’re still an utter mess on one end of the floor.