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Isaiah Thomas fined $20K by NBA for Andrew Wiggins clothesline

The NBA on Wednesday announced Isaiah Thomas has been fined $20,000 for “striking Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins above the shoulders,” per a statement issued on behalf of Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred during the third quarter of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 127-99 throttling of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.

Thomas drew an automatic ejection after being assessed a flagrant-two foul on the play. — which came with 6:47 left in the third quarter — drawing an automatic ejection.

The Cavaliers point guard insisted after the game he was going for the steal.

“I’ve gotten numerous steals like that, going out like that,” Thomas said afterward. “It just happened I hit him in the throat. I apologized right away because I didn’t mean to do that. I’m just glad he’s all right.”

Thomas maintained his innocence while nevertheless admitting he understood why officials ejected him.

“I was surprised because I went for the ball,” Thomas said. “But I know anything around the head is really … especially if it looks bad, you’re going to probably be thrown out. I just made sure he was good, made sure he knew I had no intention of trying to hurt him or hit him in the throat.”

Wiggins has since indicated he accepts Thomas’ apology.