Thompson scored 20 points (7-7 FG, 6-10 FT) with nine rebounds, two assists and two steals across 34 minutes in Wednesday's 117-104 Game 1 win over the Celtics.
Despite missing a double-double by a rebound, Thompson was able to expose the Celtics weak interior defense to record his highest point total of the post-season on a perfect 100 percent from the field. If there was ever a series tailor-made for the athletic Cavs' center to shine, it's against the Celtics who have struggled to keep opponents off the offensive glass all season. Don't be surprised if Thompson gets that double-double sooner rather than later in the series.
Thompson amassed 11 points (3-8 FG, 5-6 FT), 14 rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 38 minutes during Monday's 116-105 win over the Raptors in Game 1.
Thompson provided his best scoring, rebounding, assist, and steal production thus far in these playoffs. While he has grabbed double-digit boards in all five postseason contests, this was Thompson's first showing since the regular season finale in which he scored 10 points or more. Nevertheless, with the Cavaliers passing the ball as well as they are lately and Thompson typically playing at least 30 minutes, it won't be a surprise to see him hit double figures a bit more often going forward.
Thompson (thumb) started at center and provided 10 points (5-6 FG, 0-2 FT), four rebounds and one steal across 18 minutes in a 98-83 loss to the Raptors on Wednesday.
While the Cavaliers limped to the end of the regular season, they can at least take some solace in the fact that their starting center will be ready to go for postseason play after returning from a four-game absence Wednesday. Coach Tyronn Lue didn't hand Thompson his usual minutes load, but the 26-year-old still managed to turn in quality production. After cutting bait with Larry Sanders earlier this week, the Cavaliers brought in Walter Tavares to add some depth at center, but it's not expected that the 7-foot-3 big man will see regular run in the rotation once the postseason begins. As such, Thompson, who was wearing a brace Wednesday to protect his sprained right thumb, could be counted on to shoulder 30-plus minutes in competitive contests throughout the playoffs.
Thompson (active) will play in Wednesday's game against the Raptors, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.
Thompson missed the last four games with a sprain right thumb, but it looks as though the injury isn't providing him with any complications at this point. With postseason play right around the corner, however, it wouldn't be shocking if Thompson didn't see a hefty minutes load Wednesday, even with the Cavaliers already holding out LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Expect coach Tyronn Lue to spread the playing time around fairly liberally among all the players who are active Wednesday.
Thompson (thumb) is listed as probable for Wednesday's game against the Raptors, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
Thompson has missed the last four games with a sprained right thumb, so his probable designation heading into the regular-season finale is certainly a welcome sign for the Cavs ahead of postseason play. While Thompson shouldn't face any physical limitations Wednesday, coach Tyronn Lue could restrict the center's minutes anyway, as the team seems to have essentially conceded the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference to the Celtics and isn't eager to overwork key players before the postseason begins. Thompson should be in store for around 30 minutes per game once the playoffs get underway.
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