Thompson to miss Cavaliers' meeting with Pistons

by Steven Clarke March 8, 2018, 1:26
Thompson to miss Cavaliers' meeting with Pistons

"It was the first time in a long time that I sat out the whole fourth quarter and felt good about it".

The Cleveland Cavaliers have gone through a lot over the last couple of decades, being one of the league's laughingstocks before landing LeBron James, just to take another major downfall upon his departure, all the way to 3 consecutive Championship runs since his homecoming.

Thompson is expected to miss multiple games as he receives treatment and rehabs his injured ankle.

The new-look Cavalier made several moves at the trade deadline, acquiring Jordan Clarkson, George Hill, Rodney Hood and Larry Nance Jr., while losing Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose, Jae Crowder and Channing Frye.

Cedi Osman still performed well in a reserve role - adding 12 points, going 5-of-11 from the floor to go with six boards and a pair of assists. He has played all 82 games for 4 straight seasons from 2012-2016 and at one point had played 447 consecutive games before a thumb injury broke his streak and kept him out for a few games past year.

"Ain't got nothing to do with me", James said. "He never shot it in L.A. But coming here, just watching him shoot, he has 3-point range also, which I didn't know". They beat the Cavs 125-114 on January 30 - the night Love broke that bone early in the first quarter - behind 21 points and 22 rebounds from Drummond. As a team, the Pistons shot just 41 percent from the field and they really struggled for points when Griffin wasn't on the court as the Pistons were outscored by 16 points in the minutes when he was on the bench.

Tristan Thompson actually had one of his better games of the season before his injury, scoring 12 points with seven rebounds and a steal. Smith said he would not go into the game feeling he has something to prove. "(James) is a large part of that. "When he has the ball, the whole other team's defense is just locked on him".

Because of Smith's volatile reputation and shoot-first-ask-questions later playing style, his soup-throwing tantrum led to a social-media storm Friday as Twitter filled with posts about him and his possible soup choice.

The Detroit Pistons (29-34) have lost five of their last six games including a 105-96 defeat to the Miamih Heat.

Larry Nance Jr.'s father's jersey hangs in the rafters here, so what did you expect? Jamal Murray and Wilson Chandler added 16 points apiece for the Nuggets, who are 9-3 since February 1. Totals 43-88 14-17 112.

"My whole gameplan tonight - I didn't care if I had zero rebounds tonight; I just wanted (Drummond) to have zero as well".

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