NBA Rumor: Tristan Thompson Injury

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16. About those injuries, a source told me Tristan Thompson (left foot soreness) might play Saturday against the Pistons. His last game was Jan. 16 in Portland, after which the Cavs shut him down after a previously sprained left foot was sore. He’s missed 17 consecutive games. Drew said Thompson practiced after the All-Star break and didn’t feel great the following day, which the team determined to mean he wasn’t ready. Thompson denies there was a setback, though a source close to him said he had a minor calf issue in addition to the sore foot. At any rate, if Thompson practices Friday, he could play Saturday or Sunday. I’m skeptical, but I thought I’d tell you what a source close to him said.

According to sources, there is belief that Thompson returned a bit too soon, before his sprained foot was fully healed and now the Cavs are being more cautious. When Thompson originally suffered the injury on Dec. 10 in Milwaukee, he was given a timeline of 2-4 weeks. He beat the one-month mark by about a week and was playing well, recording a double-double in three of the eight games. But he started to feel some pain during Cleveland’s recent six-game road trip and has been out since.

Along with setting the emotional tone with hustle, energy and a won’t-back-down attitude, Thompson has become the team’s on-court mouthpiece, constantly barking out defensive instructions while helping guide the youngsters during stoppages. “We feed off his energy and activity,” Drew told “If he’s not giving us that I don’t think we would give ourselves a chance. We need a guy like him because we know from him night in and night out we’re going to get energy, intensity and we’re going to get a guy on the glass. His overall approach to everything thus far — practices, film sessions, games — they have really been a big deal. It’s not easy to get off to a start like this and still as a veteran come out and play with that mindset. He’s been a real pro.”

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said center Tristan Thompson experienced soreness in his injured left calf after his scrimmage Wednesday and may not return to the court this week as originally intended. The Cavs hoped Thompson would either play tonight against the Pacers or tomorrow at home against the Sixers. Lue said Thompson was out against Indiana and didn’t know about Saturday’s game. “He did (experience) after his four on four the other day, so not sure how long he’s going to be down, so, we’ll see,” Lue said.

Cavaliers starting center Tristan Thompson sprained his right thumb, will miss Cleveland’s first-place showdown with Boston and snap his NBA playing streak. Thompson got hurt during the third quarter of Tuesday’s win over Orlando and didn’t travel with the team. The Cavs said an MRI confirmed the sprain and Thompson will miss at least two games, ending his streak of consecutive games played at 447 — the longest in team history and the longest active streak in league.

Did Lue said Thompson was “starting to get healthy?” He’s the only Cav to play in all 58 games this season and make all 58 starts. “Yeah. He’s been going through some tendinitis all year, his knee has been bothering him a little bit all year,” Lue said. “He’s finally starting to come around and he’s feeling good.” Thompson, what say you? “No, no tendinitis, I’m fine,” he said. “I’m good. Not sure what coach Lue’s talking about. Nothing more than the usual bumps and bruises. I’m good.”
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January 22, 2021 | 6:10 pm EST Update