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In January, the Cleveland Cavaliers' social media team posted a photo wishing forward Ante Zizic a happy birthday on Instagram.
A post shared by Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) on Jan 4, 2018 at 8:01am PST
A few days before that, the team gave LeBron James the same treatment.
A post shared by Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) on Dec 30, 2017 at 5:02am PST
It's something simple and nice the Cavs do for all their players. On Wednesday, guard Isaiah Thomas, who is in his first year with Cleveland, got his own happy-birthday post.
Something was out of the ordinary with this post, though: The Cavs' social media disallowed Instagram users from commenting on the photo of Thomas.
Why? Well, probably because Thomas would have seen a lot of this under a photo that was posted to bring him joy:
He’s probably faking it, I bet it’s not even his real birthday.— Markus Sultan (@MarkusSultan) February 7, 2018
Hey Woj, it’s Isaiah. Get a load of this. The team is in shambles right now. LeBron has even talked to his agent about waiving his no trade clause to jump ship. Thanks to me, the Eastern Conference is wide open again. pic.twitter.com/cXZQ3QsHeK— Hitokiri Battōsai (@shellystrick4L) February 7, 2018
We should celebrate his birthday by trading him imo— WhatGattusoMad (@WhatGattusoMad) February 7, 2018
The reason for the hate, of course, is that people have blamed Thomas for the Cavs' struggles this season. Though the squad has won the Eastern Conference three consecutive times, that streak looks very much in jeopardy.
The Celtics—who traded Thomas to the Cavs this past offseason in a deal involving Kyrie Irving—and Raptors have looked like the class of the East. The Cavs, at 30-22, are 7.5 games out of the top seed.
Look, there's no reason to panic—the Cavs still have King James, for goodness' sake. He might be able to win the conference on his own. And things with Thomas will probably click at some point...probably.
At the very least, let's agree to let this man enjoy his birthday. No more roasting Isaiah Thomas on social media today.