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Midway through the third quarter of his first game with the Canadian national basketball team Tristan Thompson got the ball on the right side of the floor, faked left, drove right and took off for a dunk. He was met at the rim by Jamaica’s Samardo Samuels who got whistled for the foul. In itself it was a strong sequence as Thompson demonstrated he is a threat to go strong with his so-called weak hand. And then something remarkable happened: Thompson went to line, set up for his free throw and shot them right-handed as well – and a new phase in his basketball life began. “I think it’s the first time ever in NBA history,” Thompson said of the change, and he may be right. SportsNet

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With just one game left in the regular season, Tristan Thompson's pursuit of NBA history is now a long shot. That doesn't trouble the Cleveland Cavaliers power forward. He was closing in on a rather dubious distinction: becoming the most-rejected player in NBA history. For most of the season, nearly 17%, or one in six, of Thompson's shots had been blocked. That's well above the 6.3%, or about one of 16, average for the league, according to NBA.com's statistical website, and it threatened Danny Fortson's 16.7% rejection rate in 1997-98, which is the highest for anyone who has attempted at least 500 field goals in a season since 1997, the earliest for which NBA.com has data. Wall Street Journal

But after working with a former player that the Cavaliers brought in to help him get stuffed less often, Thompson appears safe from the record. Entering Monday's game, his blocked-shot rate stood at 15.3%. He's now battling Charlotte's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who gets 15.7% of his shots blocked, for the regular-season crown. That's still high. Before this season, only three players who attempted at least 500 field-goals in a season had blocked-shots rates above 15%. "There's no need to be embarrassed," said Thompson, a 6-foot-9, 240-pounder who was the fourth overall pick out of Texas in the 2011 draft. Wall Street Journal

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Q: Any thoughts on who will win the Final Four? Tristan Thompson: I'm going to go with Wichita State. I hope Wichita State wins, because we've got two Canadians on the team. (Nick Wiggins and Chadrack Lufile.) The Shockers. If not, Louisville. Q: Did you see Louisville's Kevin Ware break his leg, and what did you think when that happened? A: We were in the locker room when the game was on, so we saw it happen. Our reaction was what everyone else thinks. Some of us turned. You don't want to look at it. You're just praying for the kid. I actually know the kid. In high school, Adidas would run these basketball clinics and he was there. He played for the Atlanta Celtics. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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But one day after Cleveland was embarrassed at home by Brooklyn for its 10th straight loss, second-year Cavs forward Tristan Thompson decided it was time to defend Scott, who is just 62-160 in three seasons and may not be back for a fourth. "All the rumors about Coach Scott and hot seat and all that crap, that's bogus," Thompson said following Thursday's practice. "It's up to us to come out and compete and play hard because we're the ones out there. When he was out there playing, he won championships. So it's up to us to come out there and play." ESPN.com

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