Thompson has been confirmed a starter at center in Game 2 against the Celtics on Tuesday, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
After the Cavaliers were dominated in Game 1 with a smaller lineup, coach Ty Lue will shift to a bigger one that features LeBron James, Kevin Love and Thompson in the frontcourt together. Despite coming off the bench in the series opener, Thompson put up eight points, 11 rebounds and one assist across 21 minutes. He could see a handful more minutes working with the starters, though either way, his contributions will mainly come on the boards. In the corresponding move, Kyle Korver heads to the bench.
Thompson is expected to move into the starting lineup for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Celtics, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports.
Thompson played 21 minutes off the bench in Sunday's blowout loss, finishing with eight points and 11 rebounds while going 4-of-6 from the field. He was one of the lone bright spots for Cleveland, which got off to a slow start and was never able to pull itself out of a double-digit hole. It's unclear at this point whose place Thompson would assume in the starting five, but Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith are the leading candidates to move to the bench. Smith had four points on just 2-of-9 shooting in Game 1, while the usually dialed-in Korver made only one of his five three-point attempts.
Thompson generated eight points (4-6 FG), 11 rebounds and one assist across 21 minutes during Cleveland's 108-83 loss to the Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday.
Thompson parlayed the extra run he saw during the second half into his best scoring and rebounding totals since he'd posted a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double in Game 1 against the Raptors. It was also the first time the big man's minutes were over the 20-mark since that contest, as he'd been reduced to minutes in the teens over the final three games versus Toronto. Considering the extraordinary circumstances of Game 1, it's difficult to gauge whether he'll be a recipient of similar opportunity in Tuesday's Game 2.
Thompson finished with 14 points (5-8 FG, 4-4 FT), and 12 rebounds in 26 minutes during Tuesday's 113-112 victory over the Raptors.
Thompson moved back to the bench after starting in his last outing against the Pacers. Despite the move, Thompson was still able to have an impact on the game in just 26 minutes. While his double-double contained so peripheral stats, he did hit a pair of crucial free-throws down the stretch as the Cavaliers were struggling to stay with the Raptors. He will likely find himself in a similar role during Game 2 on Thursday as the Cavaliers matchup with the size of the Raptors.
Thompson will come off the bench for Game 1 against the Raptors on Tuesday.
Thompson made his first appearance in the starting five during the postseason in Game 7 against the Pacers on Sunday, going off for an impressive 15-point, 10-rebound double-double across 35 minutes. However, the Cavaliers are shifting towards a smaller lineup against the Raptors for Game 1 of the semifinals, so LeBron James and Kevin Love will hold down the power forward and center spots, respectively, while Thompson comes off the bench. Despite the demotion, coach Tyronn Lue already reported that Thompson is expected to see a bigger role in the semifinals, so his playing time may not take a huge hit.
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