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Tristan Thompson expected to play Saturday

Thompson was a late scratch on Thursday.

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

After soreness made him a late scratch for Thursday’s Cavs-Lakers game, Tristan Thompson is expected to be able to play Saturday when the Cavaliers face the Jazz, per’s Joe Vardon. Per Vardon’s report, there was no further examination of Thompson’s calf and he expects to play.

The Cavs have not yet updated his status for Saturday and is listed as ‘TBD’ in their game preview. Thompson missed a month with a calf strain and only played six minutes in his first game back, although the team did say he was on a minutes restriction.

Getting Thompson back, and acclimated with the rest of the team, is likely one of the team’s top priorities for the next few weeks. The team found a rhythm without him, and he hasn’t yet settled in with Dwyane Wade, Kyle Korver and the rest of a successful Cavs bench unit. It hasn’t yet been said if Thompson is still on a minutes restriction, or what the restriction would be.