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Tristan Thompson leaves Pacers game with injury

The Cavs center will not return with a calf strain.

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at New Orleans Pelicans Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Thing certainly could be going smoother for the Cleveland Cavaliers early in this season. Already without one starter in Isaiah Thomas, it now appears like Tristan Thompson may miss some time as he went down against the Indiana Pacers with an apparent calf injury.

Thompson aggravated his calf while on defense. As he turned up court it was clear something wasn’t right as he went down to the ground in pain. While he was initially helped up by some of the Cavs staff, he did limp to the locker room under his own weight.

He did not come out of the locker room to start the second half and the team has announced that he will not return with a calf strain. We likely won’t know much more about his status moving forward tonight, as it will take some time to evaluate the severity of his injury. But it’s never a good thing to see a player go down with a non-contact injury, especially one that has been as durable as Thompson throughout his career.