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Cleveland Cavaliers starting point guard Isaiah Thomas has been fined $20,000 by the NBA for striking Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Andrew Wiggins above the shoulders.
The incident, for which Thomas was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected, occurred with 6:47 remaining in the third quarter during the Cavs’ 127-99 loss to the Timberwolves on Monday, Jan. 8 at Target Center.
“I’ve gotten numerous steals like that, going out like that,” Thomas said afterward. “It just happened I hit him in the throat. I apologized right away because I didn’t mean to do that. I’m just glad he’s all right.
“I was surprised because I went for the ball. But I know anything around the head is really … especially if it looks bad, you’re going to probably be thrown out. I just made sure he was good, made sure he knew I had no intention of trying to hurt him or hit him in the throat.”