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 read more

Painters hold off Bolts in OT, secure top spot

first_imgChristopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 “Another overtime game for us. I think this is our fourth overtime game this conference and we won all four and it just shows the test of character of this team,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia.“I’m happy about it but it’s still a long way to go for us. We can still get better,” he added. “As long as the locals step up and do their jobs, we’ll be okay.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMaverick Ahanmisi added 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists while Chris Tiu and Ed Daquioag chipped in 13 and 11 points, respectively for the Painters, who hiked their record to 9-1.The Bolts rallied from 18 points down in the third quarter but just couldn’t get over the hump. Meralco playmaker Baser Amer tied the game at 96 with 2:25 remaining in regulation but his contested floater that would’ve won it went way short paving the way for extra time.With the Bolts down three, Chris Newsome misfired on an open triple from the corner before getting called for an unsportsmanlike foul on the other end that led to a free throw by Tiu and a crucial 3-pointer by Daquioag with 12.7 ticks left.Meralco, which shot itself in the foot with 18 missed free throws, stayed in fourth place with a 7-4 card.Newsome led his team with 21 points that went with seven rebounds and 11 assists while import Arinze Onuaku had 20 points and 11 rebounds. Onuaku had another miserable night at the free throw line where he went 4-of-13.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRain or Shine held off Meralco, 106-99, in overtime to clinch the top spot in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Reggie Johnson powered the Elasto Painters with 21 points, including a triple that put his team ahead for good, 99-96, with 3:46 remaining, and a game-high 18 rebounds on top of three blocks.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Geje Eustaquio far from done after ONE title win Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more