Now that we've had a chance to digest last night's difficult 96-94 loss to the Sacramento Kings, it's time to figure out just how Isaiah Thomas was able to torch the Wizards' defense. A frustrated Randy Wittman took the rare step of subbing in a defensive specialist, Garrett Temple, to stop Thomas on the final play. When asked why, Wittman said that nobody could guard Thomas the entire night. But is there one person in particular that we can blame for Thomas' big night? Thomas converted on nine field goals, drew fouls three times and dished seven assists. That's a total of 19 positive plays. He also missed seven shots and committed one turnover, so he had a total of eight negative plays. We're going to focus specifically on the nine field goals and three fouls below, but here are the closest defenders to Thomas on those eight negative plays, in order: Bradley Beal, A.J. Price, Price, Beal, Nene (John Wall got beat off the dribble), Wall (Thomas traveled in transition), Price, Emeka Okafor (Wall got beat again).
How did Isaiah Thomas go off against the Washington Wizards?
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