Now three weeks removed from when he was first ruled out with the sprained left foot, Thompson has seemingly made limited progress in his recovery up to this point. Coach Larry Drew noted that Thompson will need to advance to full-contact practice before the Cavaliers will be able to pinpoint a target date for his return. At this stage, Thompson appears likely to remain out through the All-Star break and could be on track for a limited role with the Cavaliers upon returning. Kevin Love (toe) is expected to beat Thompson back from the injured list, and young bigs Larry Nance and Ante Zizic have both made compelling cases for earning consistent minutes.
Thompson (foot) will remain sidelined for about another two weeks.
Thompson has missed each of the last four games due to a sprained left foot, which is an injury that has been lingering since mid-December. After further testing, Cleveland has determined that the big man will need another two weeks off before having a chance to return to the floor. Given the current timeline, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Cavaliers keep Thompson out through the All-Star break as a precautionary measure.
Thompson (foot) is listed as out for Friday's game against the Heat.
Thompson's absence hardly comes as a surprise after coach Larry Drew indicated Thursday that the team could take a cautious approach with the center as he works his way back from a sprained left foot. Drew admitted the injury could result in Thompson missing extended time, though at least for now, the Cavaliers appear set to evaluate him on a game-to-game basis rather than offering a firm timeline for his return. Ante Zizic has picked up most of the playing time at center while Thompson has been idle, but Zizic's minutes could take a hit Friday with Larry Nance (knee) on track to return from an eight-game absence.
The Cavs are expected to be cautious in bringing Thompson back from his sprained left foot, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.
Per Fedor's report, there's apparently some internal concern that the Cavs may have brought Thompson back too soon from the left foot soreness that initially put him on the shelf for 10 games in December. Thompson returned to action on Jan. 2 and started eight consecutive games, but Wednesday's loss to Boston marked his fourth straight absence after the soreness resurfaced following a Jan. 16 game in Portland. Coach Larry Drew was asked Wednesday if he anticipates Thompson missing extended time, to which he responded: "To be perfectly honest I don't know," Drew said. "I don't know how to answer that one. We know that he's had some soreness before, which kept him out. He came back and now he's experiencing it again so that's something totally up to medical." For now, continue to consider Thompson day-to-day ahead of Friday's matchup with the Heat, but the Cavs certainly won't rush him back -- especially with Larry Nance on track to return to action within the next game or two.
Thompson (foot) will remain sidelined for Wednesday's game against the Celtics,
The absence will mark the fourth straight for Thompson. As a result, Ante Zizic figures to continue seeing a relatively heavy workload. His next chance to return will be Friday versus the Heat.
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