Cavs center Tristan Thompson coming back in reserve role

first_imgJahlil Okafor excited about fresh start with Nets Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Thompson will come off the bench, and Kevin Love will remain the starting center . The Cavs have won 14 of 15 and Lue doesn’t want to disrupt the chemistry.That’s cool with Thompson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“If I don’t play, that’s fine as long as we’re winning I’m going to cheer my teammates on,” he said following Monday’s workout at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “If I play two minutes, three minutes, 20 minutes, it don’t matter to me. As long as we win.”Since he’s been out, the Cavs went 16-3 and have moved past some early-season growing pains with a dramatic improvement on defense. Lue has tinkered with his rotation, and Cleveland now has a second unit featuring Dwyane Wade, Kyle Korver and Channing Frye that helped the Cavs reel off 13 straight wins. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Thompson’s straightforward approach has endeared him to Cleveland fans for seven seasons. A tireless worker at both ends of the court, Thompson played in 447 consecutive regular-season games before sitting out last April with a sprained thumb. He’s averaged 9.8 points and 8.6 rebounds, but it’s also been the little things that have made him invaluable for the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions.Being injured was tough on Thompson, who had never been out as long at any level. He missed the little things. Now that he’s back, Thompson promised he’ll do what he always has.“Just play my game,” he said. “Nothing special. Just be myself. Being myself has worked out pretty well for me I think.”While Thompson has returned, the Cavs still don’t have a clear date for point guard Isaiah Thomas to play after being sidelined all season with a hip injury. He took part in 3-on-3 drills Monday.The Cavs have roughly targeted his debut by the end of the month, but Lue said nothing is certain.“I don’t know when he’s coming back,” Lue said. “I wish I did so you could quit asking me. I really do. I really wish I knew so I could share it. I’m not hiding it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo (4) passes against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson (13) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Tristan Thompson’s role may have changed. Not his drive.Sidelined since Nov. 1 with a calf injury he said was much more serious than a strain, Thompson could play Tuesday night when the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Atlanta Hawks. Thompson practiced Monday, and as long as he recovers as expected, the Cavs will have their most tenacious rebounder and one of their best defenders back on the floor — but not as a starter.ADVERTISEMENT To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban PLAY LIST 02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban03:10Injuries from fireworks down by 35% this year, DoH say00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lue indicated Frye will continue to play, so it remains unclear how he will use Thompson, who has been one of Cleveland’s most dependable players the past few years.“Tristan is a big part of what we do, so we gotta figure out how we got to use him,” said Lue, who wouldn’t divulge Thompson’s new role. “We gotta do that so I have a plan in place and we’ll see how it works.”When Thompson was injured last month, the Cavs said they expected him to be out for a month with a strained left calf. Thompson quickly pointed out that not only was the team’s public timetable inaccurate, but so was their medical diagnosis.“They told you guys three to four weeks,” Thompson said to reporters. “That was never the case. The first week I was on crutches for a week so there was no chance. I don’t know who told you three to four weeks. I feel bad. I’m sorry. You all should have just asked me or DM’d me. I would have told y’all the truth.”Thompson said his injury was “worse” than a strain, but he didn’t want to elaborate.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img

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