Thompson posted six points (1-3 FG, 4-4 FT) five rebounds, one assist and one block over 29 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 win over the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
With the Cavs' Big Three hitting on all cylinders once again, Thompson played a definitively complementary role for the third time in the series' five games. The 26-year-old stepped up offensively during the series when called upon, logging double-digit scoring efforts in Games 1 and 3, including a double-double in the latter. Thompson was very solid on the boards in particular during last season's Finals versus the Warriors, hauling in 10.1 rebounds over the seven games. Therefore, he's likely to play a pivotal part in the rebounding department at a minimum in what should be a tough matchup down low versus Zaza Pachulia during the upcoming series.
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.
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