Thompson offered eight points (4-8 FG, 0-1 FT), seven rebounds and one block across 34 minutes during Cleveland's 110-102 loss to the Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday.
Thompson once again engaged in some tussles with Draymond Green down low, but he found his way to his typical levels of production. The 27-year-old has been serviceable on both the scoreboard and glass over the last two games, averaging 9.5 points and 6.0 rebounds across 28.5 minutes. He'll look to play an important complementary role again with the Cavaliers' season on the line in Friday's Game 4.
Thompson generated 11 points (5-8 FG, 1-2 FT) and five rebounds across 23 minutes during Cleveland's 122-103 loss to the Warriors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday.
Thompson was sharp from the field on his way to his best scoring total since Game 4 of the conference finals against the Celtics, and second highest of the postseason overall. The 27-year-old was fortunate to avoid any type of suspension for his role in a Game 1 altercation with Draymond Green, and after having started Sunday despite the incident and a poor overall performance in that contest, his first-unit role appears secure moving forward. Thompson will look to produce a similar caliber of effort to Sunday's when the Cavaliers attempt to avoid disaster in Wednesday's Game 3.
Thompson will be available for Game 2 against the Warriors after the NBA opted to fine him instead of implementing a suspension for an altercation at the end of Thursday's Game 1 defeat, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.
Thompson provided just 2 points (1-4 FG), five boards and a block across 20 minutes in Thursday's loss, but will look to rebound in Sunday's rematch. Barring any lineup adjustments, the big man will presumably draw another start at center in the contest.
Thompson finished with just one point to go with six rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes during Wednesday's 96-83 loss to Boston.
After some strong performances of late, Thompson fell flat on Wednesday with a terrible Game Five effort. He had managed to keep Al Horford in check across both games in Cleveland but was unable to repeat this here as Horford certainly had the better of the matchup. In fact, Aron Baynes also managed to have a strong performance as Thompson was rendered obsolete. He will need to bounce-back on Friday if the Cavaliers are to stave off elimination and force a Game Seven back in Boston.
Thompson finished with 13 points (6-10 FG, 1-2 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 38 minutes during Monday's 111-102 victory over Boston.
Thompson was effective Monday, helping the Cavaliers to a crucial victory in Game Four of their Eastern Conference Finals series. The 38 minutes were likely due to Kevin Love getting in some early foul trouble but Thompson was able to take advantage of the increase in playing time with a solid all-around effort. He played some good defense on Al Horford and was efficient from the floor. The series heads back to Boston and fans will be hoping for another strong performance as the Cavaliers look to steal homecourt advantage away from the Celtics.
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