The 5-foot-9 guard appeared to take a shot at the Raptors small forward for his hard foul in Friday’s contest, suggesting that Carroll contributed little beyond the apparent cheap shot.
“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 that 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’s Raptors ultimately came out on top, overcoming a 17-point deficit to beat Boston 107-97 at the Air Canada Centre.