Just a few weeks ago, point guard Isaiah Thomas couldn’t get enough minutes.
Funny how quickly things can change.
Since the Kings acquired Rudy Gay and opened up more playing time for Thomas, the pint-sized point has played 306 minutes out of a possible 384. Thomas remained confident he wasn’t being bothered by the heavy minutes, but even the most perfectly conditioned athlete would struggle with such a work demand and the former Huskie finally admitted he was suffering from some fatigue on the recent road trip which included four games in five nights:
“I told him it really hasn’t affected me, but last game (in Miami) I was a little fatigued,” Thomas said. “But at the same time I want to win, I want to be out there, I want to lead this team to wins. If I’ve got to be out there for 43, 45 minutes I can do it because I work hard to be in that position.”
Despite the heavy minutes, few players are more conditioned to excel at such a position than Thomas, so don’t expect the workload to cease much in the future – especially if the Kings don’t get a competent backup in the near future.