Key matchup: The impact of returning players Steph Curry and Isaiah Thomas to the Warriors-Cavs rivalry

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Key matchup: The impact of returning players Steph Curry and Isaiah Thomas to the Warriors-Cavs rivalry

Once upon a time, Isaiah Thomas was a problem for Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
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In limited minutes during his first two NBA seasons with the Sacramento Kings — s/o Keith Smart — Thomas had a true shooting percentage of Jonathan Freeny Youth Jersey over .700, including a 31-point game in which he shot 7-for-12 from the 3-point line. You may also recall that the Kings somehow managed to beat the Warriors three times that season.
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Thomas really started to take off in his third season when he got more minutes and although he didn’t get off quite the numbers of those first two seasons, he dropped 22 points on the Warriors once and the preseason highlight in which he dropped Curry is still probably memorable for a certain subset of haters.

He also posted highlight-worthy wins against the Warriors during his stint with the Phoenix Suns and, of course, the Boston Celtics — in the Celtics’ win at Oracle in April 2016, during a season in which the Warriors seemed almost invincible at home, Thomas turned in another noteworthy performance.

On some level, Warriors fans should be worried about Thomas joining the Cleveland Cavaliers, the one team that prevented them from enjoying a three-peat right now. Thomas seems to add something that gives the Cavs a bit of an edge.

However, Thomas’ efficiency against Cobi Hamilton Jersey the Warriors has gone steadily downward, bottoming out with a TS% of Nene Womens Jersey .444 on a usage of Authentic Rocky Bleier Jersey 28.9% in two games during his second year with Boston before bouncing back up last season — of course we’re talking small sample sizes here, but the Warriors have multiple wing defenders to throw at a 5-foot-9 guard. And in his first few games against the Cavs, that efficiency appears to be creeping up as an issue yet again.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />