One can see why Tristan Thompson is logging so many minutes at center. He had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the 89-84 loss to New Orleans on Wednesday -- more rebounds than starting center Semih Erden (three) and primary backup center Ryan Hollins (six) had combined.
Thompson is averaging 5.7 rebounds on the season, which dwarfs the numbers put up by Hollins (1.9) and Erden (2.6).
In 203 minutes this season, Hollins has 14 defensive rebounds.
The 7-footer is averaging one defensive rebound every 14.5 minutes this season -- a very dubious number for a player whose main jobs are to rebound and defend.
He also has more turnovers (15) than defensive rebounds this season.
On Tuesday, though, he played 20 minutes in the win over Detroit. With seconds left in the first quarter, forward Omri Casspi's missed layup happened to bounce toward Hollins. He grabbed the offensive rebound and dunked it -- his only points or rebounds on the night.
Hollins isn't the only one lacking in production. Erden managed four points and three rebounds in eight minutes against the Hornets. He was benched in the second half for ineffectiveness.
Cleveland returns from the All-Star break Tuesday at home vs. Boston.
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