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Cavs suffer worst loss of 2017-18 season, fall 127-99 to Timberwolves; Three takeaways

Thomas receives third technical, first ejection in third game

A karate chop to the face of Andrew Wiggins spelled out an abrupt end to Thomas’ second start in a Cavs uniform. Thomas clotheslined the aggressive dribble-drive to the hoop, and immediately paid the price in what was undoubtedly an easy call to make. Minnesota was leading 82-52, and played the rest of the evening against a team without their second-best scoring threat.

It has been quite the journey back to the hardwood for Thomas, as he entered play with 40 points but two technical fouls in 36 minutes. A nine-point, 3-for-11 performance in an 18-minute workload was a step back from the two-time All-Star’s recent success, leaving room for improvement moving forward.

John Alfes has covered Cleveland sports since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

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John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (

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