Thompson will play for the Canadian national team during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Despite the widespread concern about the Zika virus in Brazil, as well as the fact that Thompson is less than a month removed from the NBA finals, he's decided that he's ready and willing to play for his national team this summer. Often overshadowed by the likes of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, Thompson was a very important part of that championship team for his work on the boards and on defense, so the Canadians will be very happy to hear his decision to join the team.
Thompson supplied 15 points (6-6 FG, 3-4 FT), 16 rebounds and three assists over 43 minutes during Thursday's 115-101 victory over the Warriors in Game 6 of the Finals.
With the Cavs' season once again on the line, Thompson stepped up with third double-double of the series, and fourth contest overall with double-digit rebounds. The 25-year-old was typically dominant down low, and 14 of his 16 boards notably came on the defensive end, snuffing out second-chance opportunities for the Warriors. Thompson's 15 points were also a postseason high, and similar scoring contributions would certainly go a long way towards helping the Cavs' cause in Sunday's Game 7.
Thompson managed 10 points (5-7 FG), seven rebounds and a block over 29 minutes during Friday's 108-97 loss to the Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
The 25-year-old produced his third double-digit scoring effort of the series, but was outhustled down low at times by Draymond Green. Thompson has certainly been serviceable against the Warriors, and all three of his double-digit point totals in the postseason have notably come during the Finals. He's averaging 10.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.5 blocks and 0.3 steals in the series, and will try to help the Cavs avoid elimination in Monday's Game 5.
Thompson's rebound total led both teams, while his 14 points were his most of the postseason. The small-ball center now has two double-doubles through three games of the series after failing to record one during the first 14 games of the playoffs. Expect Thompson to continue seeing fairly heavy minutes for the rest of the NBA Finals, as he's by far the team's most proficient rebounder.
Thompson supplied 10 points (5-11 FG), 12 rebounds and a block over 31 minutes during Thursday's 104-89 loss to the Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
The 25-year-old provided his most productive performance of the postseason, reaching double-digit scoring for the first time in the playoffs. Thompson was also typically active on the boards, posting his seventh double-digit rebound performance of the postseason overall. The big man may be asked to continue to do more on offense throughout the series, in an effort to keep up with the Warriors' relentless attack.
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