After a delayed begin to his inaugural marketing campaign with the Nuggets, guard Isaiah Thomas is likely to be set for an early end. Reviews out of Denver verify that coach Michael Malone intends to shorten his rotation for the stretch run, and Thomas did not play in Tuesday’s 133-107 victory in opposition to the Timberwolves.
“Undoubtedly talked to him,” Malone advised reporters after the sport. “I’ll preserve that dialog between I.T. and myself,” Malone mentioned. “Not a simple dialog, however that’s my job. … Isaiah is a professional and was into the sport, supporting his teammates.”
Per Sean Keeler of the Denver Publish, Malone — who beforehand coached Thomas when each have been in Sacramento — indicated it had extra to do with a holistic strategy than any sleight on particular person efficiency.
“It’s by no means about Isaiah. It’s by no means about any particular person,” Malone defined. “It’s about what I believe is greatest for our group. And I made the choice to shorten the rotation, solely performed eight guys within the first quarter. And I’m going to proceed to try this in the intervening time.”
Thomas, third within the league with 28.9 factors per recreation simply two seasons in the past, averaged solely eight.6 factors (37.three FG%), 1.three rebounds and 1.three assists in 15.5 minutes within the 9 video games previous to Tuesday’s win.
Info from the Related Press was used on this report.