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Isaiah Thomas on Carroll flagrant: ‘Guys who aren’t factors in games do that’

It doesn’t look like Isaiah Thomas is going to forgive DeMarre Carroll anytime soon.

The 5-foot-9 guard appeared to take a shot at the Raptors small forward for his hard foul Friday, suggesting Carroll contributed little beyond the apparent cheap shot.

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“That’s not a basketball play by any means. Guys who aren’t factors in games do that,” Thomas told Jay King of MassLive.com.

Carroll, meanwhile, defended the play, believing the Raptors had to make a statement after surrendering a big fourth-quarter lead to the Celtics earlier this month.

“We can’t let people think that we’re soft … Sometimes, we’ve got to take a stand,” Carroll told Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun. “We can’t just let teams roll over on us.”

Carroll was assessed a flagrant-1 for his actions, while Thomas and Celtics teammate Jae Crowder both received technicals for attempting to escalate the situation.

Carroll’s Raptors ultimately came out on top, overcoming a 17-point deficit to beat Boston 107-97 at Air Canada Centre.

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