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Rumor: Isaiah Thomas led Cavaliers’ accusations of Kevin Love

LeBron James, Isaiah Thomas, Kevin Love, JR Smith, Jae Crowder

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers players, from left, LeBron James, Isaiah Thomas, Kevin Love, JR Smith and Jae Crowder take a break during a review in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis. James and the Cavaliers are going through their annual January freeze. It’s taking them longer to thaw this year, raising questions about whether they’re still the best team in the Eastern Conference or good enough to make their fourth straight NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

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Several Cavaliers reportedly accused Kevin Love of faking illness to leave Cleveland’s loss to the Thunder early Saturday and miss practice Sunday.

Who would make such an allegation?

The first guess was LeBron James. He drives the Cavs’ discourse, and he has directed ire at Love many times over the last few years.

But maybe it was actually Isaiah Thomas, a friend of Love dating back to their AAU days together.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:

A source told The News that Isaiah Thomas led the charge against Love

Whether or not this report is true, it’s not good for the Cavaliers.

If it’s true, that means the tension in Cleveland is so high, even longtime friends are going at each other. That’s obviously an undesirable culture.

If it’s false – assuming Thomas didn’t leak inaccurate information that paints him in an unflattering light himself and trusting Isola at least to cite someone positioned to know, which I do – it means someone else tied to the Cavs smeared Thomas. Again, that much finger-pointing is toxic.