Tristan Thompson PF/C CLE 1 day ago

Thompson provided four points (1-2 FG, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, and two blocks in 37 minutes in the loss to the Bulls on Monday.

Thompson was slated to start, but continued to come off the bench. He was active on the boards and tested on defense as the Cavaliers decided to switch on every pick-and-roll. Thompson should continue to see big minutes in Game 2 on Wednesday.

Tristan Thompson PF/C CLE 1 day ago

Updating a previous report, Thompson will come off the bench in relief of Mike Miller, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

The pregame notes had Thompson starting, but coach David Blatt decided to go with Miller as the starter. Thompson should see more minutes in the series against Chicago with Kevin Love (shoulder) out.

Tristan Thompson PF/C CLE 1 day ago

Thompson will start Game 1 Monday against the Bulls, the News Herald reports.

Thompson will start rather than smaller forwards such as Mike Miller or Shawn Marion to combat the Bulls interior strength. The power forward is an elite offensive rebounder, but the rest of his game is merely average. He won't be able to draw the defense with his perimeter shooter, unlike Kevin Love (shoulder). Still, Thompson makes for a decent cheap playoff play.

Tristan Thompson PF/C CLE 2 weeks ago

Thompson scored 12 points (4-7 FG, 4-8 FT) with seven rebounds and two blocks in 28 minutes in the win over Boston on Thursday.

Thompson continued to crash the offensive boards with five in Game 3. He did not score in Game 2, but had 12 points for the second time in the series. Thompson has played at least 26 minutes and grabbed six boards in each game of the series.

Tristan Thompson PF/C CLE 2 weeks ago

Thompson grabbed 11 rebounds, but did not attempt a shot in 26 minutes in the win over the Celtics on Tuesday.

Thompson clearly knows his role. He took in five offensive boards to reload the Cavalier offense, but did not even look to shoot. This was just the second game of the season in which the power forward did not attempt a shot (and in the other he played just 12 minutes).

Tristan Thompson PF/C CLE 2 weeks ago

Thompson played 26 minutes off the bench during Sunday's win over the Celtics, finishing with 12 points (4-6 FG, 4-6 FT) and six rebounds.

Thompson was behind only Iman Shumpert in bench minutes in their playoff opener, so he's likely to continue to get a good chunk of time on the court as the playoffs continue. The Cavaliers will need Thompson to spell their frontcourt throughout the playoffs, so similar production in the future would not be surprising. Thompson finished the regular season with season averages of 8.5 points and eight rebounds over 27 minutes per game.

Tristan Thompson PF/C CLE 3 weeks ago

Thompson scored 14 points (5-11 FG, 4-6 FT) with five rebounds in 28 minutes as a starter for Kevin Love (rest) on Sunday in the loss to Boston.

Thompson started and his highest scoring game since Mar. 7, but failed to hit double digits in rebounds for just the second time in the last five games. He has proven to be a quality rebounder off the bench, but his offensive upside is limited.

Tristan Thompson PF/C CLE 3 weeks ago

Thompson will start Sunday against the Celtics Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports.

With the Cavs' playoff seed firmly in hand, they have decided to sit Kevin Love, in addition to three other starters. This will allow for extended playing time for Thompson Sunday, however expect his numbers to return to normal Monday when the regular starters return.

Tristan Thompson PF/C CLE 4 weeks ago

Thompson had 11 points (3-3 FG, 5-5 FT) and 10 rebounds in 24 minutes in the win over Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Thompson has only played more than 24 minutes once in his last nine games. This game was his first double-double since Mar. 7, so his fantasy upside is limited.

Tristan Thompson PF/C CLE 1 month ago

Thompson is coming off the bench Thursday versus the Heat, the Miami Herald reports.

The Cavaliers are throwing out a forward combination of LeBron James and James Jones against a Miami frontcourt devoid of Udonis Haslem, who has been replaced by Henry Walker. Thus, any perceived short-term benefits of Kevin Love's (back) absence likely won't benefit Thompson's game log.