The Cleveland Cavaliers have been injury-ravaged all season, missing their centerpiece in Kevin Love for all but four games.
One lone bright spot among this is Tristan Thompson, who has rediscovered his 2016 form and more, averaging 12 points and 11.6 rebounds while playing some of his best two-way ball in his career.
He’s comfortably been the Cavaliers best player so far this year, and that’s why news today is less than stellar:
Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson is expected to miss two to four weeks with a sprained foot, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 11, 2018
This makes it possible that the Cavaliers could go winless until the New Year, which should aid in the very competitive tank race at the bottom of the NBA’s standings, but hurt from a watchability standpoint.
Larry Nance should start in his place, but the backup center situation starts to look a little murky. Ante Zizic has dealt with injury and looked fairly...less than stellar in his limited minutes this season. Channing Frye also could see time.
The extra time from Zizic may help him find some rhythm, but nobody in the Cavs frontcourt can do what Thompson does for this team.