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WATCH: Isaiah Thomas loses his shoe but doesn't stop playing defense

WATCH: Isaiah Thomas loses his shoe but doesn't stop playing defense

Isaiah Thomas doesn't have too many defensive highlights in his career, but the third quarter of Wizards vs. Magic produced a classic one. 

After passing off to Davis Bertans, Thomas' shoe came off. The Magic were on the break so he didn't have time to pop it back on, so Thomas picked it up and ran back the other way to play defense. 

Thomas then slid it back on to guard DJ Augustin and help the Wizards get a stop. 

Once the Wizards got the ball back, Thomas rose up and drilled a three on the following play. 

Legendary. 

The Wizards don't get many stops on the defensive end, so it's hilariously ironic that one of the stops they actually got against Orlando came when arguably their worst defensive player was playing with one shoe on. 

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WATCH: Isaiah Thomas tries to untie Markelle Fultz's shoes

WATCH: Isaiah Thomas tries to untie Markelle Fultz's shoes

Markelle Fultz may have grown up a Wizards fan and starred at DeMatha High School, but Isaiah Thomas made sure he knew he was the enemy on Tuesday night. 

Early in the first quarter after an Isaac Bonga layup, Fultz was re-lacing his shoes when Thomas came over and tried to prevent him from achieving that goal. 

Fultz played his college ball at the University of Washington just as Thomas did. The Wizards' guard has been a mentor for Fultz early in his career, so he took the opportunity to have a little fun with him. 

Meanwhile, untying his shoes may be the best form of defense on Fultz. He scored a career-high 19 points against Washington three weeks ago and came out on fire Tuesday night. 

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Still rediscovering his feel, Isaiah Thomas has 'one of the worst games of my career' vs Nuggets

Still rediscovering his feel, Isaiah Thomas has 'one of the worst games of my career' vs Nuggets

It took a long time for Isaiah Thomas to get back to full health following his hip surgery a year ago. While he may be 100 percent physically for the Wizards, it's taking time for him to find his groove within the game. 

Great players don't just wake up with an elite feel and natural instinct for the game. That's developed over time by playing in game after game against the best players in the world. When players miss as much time as Thomas has, it doesn't come back to them all at once. 

That means good games at times, like Thomas had against Boston a few weeks ago (18 pts 7-14 FG), and that also means some rough outings like Tuesday night in Denver (3 pts, 1-8 FG).

ÔÇťOne of the worst games I played, for sure, individually," Thomas said after the game.

He's spot on with his assessment. According to StatMuse, Thomas had an effective field goal percentage of 12.5 percent, marking the second-worst shooting performance of his career to date. With the way he's tailored his game to the perimeter more this season, he'll need to hit his jumpers and get his teammates involved to counteract his defensive shortcomings. 

"Physically I'm good," Thomas said. "The game man, it's going to take me a while to get my actual feel and rhythm back. Some games, I play really good, some games like tonight I just don't have it. But the feel, that's the last part of it coming together for me."

Gordon Hayward experienced a similar journey last season in Boston. after missing a full season with a fractured ankle, Hayward struggled with consistency throughout the year he returned. Once he got his confidence and feel back this season, he started playing the best basketball of his career.

Unfortunately, another injury will keep him out another few weeks, but Thomas can look to Hayward as a barometer for his road back to stardom. 

Thomas and the Wizards won't have to wait to get back on track. They visit the Suns on the second leg of a back-to-back, and if they're going to get a win out of this road trip, it might have to be Wednesday with their next two coming against the Lakers and Clippers. 

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