Five takeaways from the Lakers' 130-123 loss to the Dallas Mavericks

Shocked that the Cleveland Cavaliers traded him after just 15 games, Isaiah Thomas is ready for a "fresh start" with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Dirk Nowitzki had a season-high 22 points, Harrison Barnes added 21 and the last-place Dallas Mavericks rallied to beat the Lakers 130-123 on Saturday night. As a team, the Lakers shot just 43 percent from the field and 10 of 31 from the three-point line but they were just too good in the second half where they outscored the Thunder by 54-35.

IT was sent to the Los Angeles Lakers and he immediately looked like the player he was a year ago with the Boston Celtics as he posted 22 points on his debut.

The Cleveland Cavaliers were the biggest story of National Basketball Association trade deadline day, as general manager Koby Altman revamped the roster in three separate deals, giving the Cavs an entirely new look with two months left until the playoffs.

But during the 15 games that the point guard played in Cleveland, he had just 11 possessions to score off screens.

As new Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas gave an update on his hip Monday, he threw in a comment about his former team's practice habits in the process. Like I said, yes, I would love to be a starter, but I'm on a new team that's playing very well right now and I don't want to mess any of that up. Thomas had dinner with coach Luke Walton in Dallas Friday night ahead of their game against the Mavericks Saturday, where he convinced Thomas to come off the bench.

"I wanted to bring something to the table", said Thomas, according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.

"I was shocked", said Thomas after learning of the trade.

Thomas has proven himself more than capable of thriving in this type of offense but it was never utilized by the Cavaliers. "Now is the time, and I think what's interesting is we have a chance to come back from the All-Star break, let the dust settle, regroup, come back as a team, have a couple days of practice".

Besides noticing the mismatches that await, the Lakers must figure a way to play defense when Thomas on the floor.

The deal in major part was done to allow the Lakers to be rid of what they saw as the inflated contract of Clarkson.

Johnson explains that he would not have made the moves if not confident that he could use the money that would be saved in salaries to bring more talent to the team.

Thomas was having little impact on the court and was reportedly becoming a disruption off it as he wasn't afraid to speak his mind and call certain players out. You're going to see. I mean, I don't know really any plays. "I am going to continue to build on that".



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