Lue intends to give Thompson a chance tonight for Cavs

Tristan Thompson could get his chance for the Cavaliers tonight in Game 4 against the Pacers.

The could be a Tristan Thompson sighting for the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight.

Coach Tyronn Lue said it’s his intention to give Thompson his first real minutes of the series in Game 4 tonight at shootaround today in preparation for Game 4 tonight against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life FIeldhouse.

Thompson, a starter on the Cleveland teams that have made three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, played only two minutes of garbage time in a 98-80 loss in Game 1. He did not play in Games 2 and 3.

Cleveland trails the series, 2-1.

“I can trust him,” Lue said of Thompson. “I think Tristan can also get us extra possessions offensive rebounding. He brings toughness and that’s been a problem last couple games. I think he brings toughness, rebounding, defense.”

However, that plan could go out the window if George Hill can’t answer the bell tonight. The Cavaliers’ starting point guard is listed as questionable for tonight because of back spasms, which limited him in the second half of Game 3.

Though an MRI on Saturday showed nothing major is wrong, Hill’s status, though listed as questionable, is very much in doubt. If he cannot go, veteran Jose Calderon will start at point guard.

That could have a ripple effect as Lue might need to continue to play Jeff Green as an extra ballhandler with the first team if Calderon struggles as he did in Games 1 and 2.

Cleveland has been outscored by 12 points in the 23 minutes Calderon played in Games 1 and 2. He has shot just 2-of-7, turned the basketball over three times and committed six fouls. He did not play in Game 3.

During the regular season, when Calderon started, the Cavaliers were 23-9.

If Calderon can right the ship, it will allow Lue to stick with his normal rotation with Jordan Clarkson coming off the bench, with Thompson taking Green’s minutes. If Calderon falters as he did in the first two games, Green would be necessary, which would limit Thompson’s opportunities.

The 26-year-old Thompson had arguably the worst season of his career, averaging a career-low 5.8 points in 20.2 minutes per game. For his career, he is averaging 8.0 points and 9.3 rebounds in the postseason, while also showing the ability to switch one through five on defense, a staple of Lue’s defensive scheme.

Thompson’s aggressiveness and fearlessness, trademarks of his playoffs past, are qualities the Cavaliers could very much use.

“I think it’s infectious,” Lue said. “That’s what he’s been bringing for us. I would love to get him out there.”

5 Comments on "Lue intends to give Thompson a chance tonight for Cavs"

  1. NOW THERE’S A REAL ANSWER TO THE CAV’S NEEDS. TRISTAN THUMBSON !
    WHERE’S CEDI? EVEN ZIZIC IS BETTER THAN THUMBSON !
    I HOPE THEY CAN SOMEHOW PULL IT OFF, BUT WITH NO COACHING ?
    SAME OLD “NO PLAN LUE-SER”.

    • THEY HAVE ACTUALLY DEFENDED FAIRLY WELL. KEPT THE PACERS UNDER 100 ALL GAMES ! TRISTAN THUMBSON DOES NOTHING FOR THE STAGNATE OFFENSE. HE ACTUALLY QUITE OFTEN HURTS THE DEFENSE WHEN HE SWITCHES WHEN IT’S NOT NECESSARY. HE SWITCHES OFF & THE GUARD THEN DOES 1 OF 3 THINGS: 1. BURIES A 3 OR 2. BLOWS BY HIM FOR THE LAY-UP OR 3. DISHES OFF TO THE OPPOSING CENTER 6’11” ROLLING ON 6’3″ HILL OR CALDERON FOR THE SLAM ! THEN TT GIVES THAT SAME DUMB LOOK LUE DOES OR A SHOULDER SHRUG TO THE OTHERS & “TROTS” DOWNCOURT FOR A RE-PLAY OF RECURRING NON OFFENSE ON THE OTHER END.

  2. Anyone notice how much Wade and D Rose are contributing for their playoff teams? Hmmmm!!! Sure could use their scoring right now.

    • GREAT POINT, VC HILL ! Same type decisions Cav’s made for other players….
      Golden State’s Livingston, now starting Guard Quinn Cook too
      Let Danny Green go too–Spurs had good use of him for quite a while now.
      Even could use some energy from Delly right now…. They just don’t seem to develop any of their young talent. What use have they done in that area with young ZIZIC this year ? He RUNS the court & slams it IN the basket quickly, not double pump faking like TT, who then gets blocked, bobbles the ball loose, or worse, gets fouled, & misses 1 or both FREE THROWS.
      By the way WHERE IS CEDI OSMAN ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Speaking of Cav’s decisions, same decisions to let go of these people must be the same ones that KEPT LUE trying to coach ????

  3. Well, this can’t be any worse than the decisions Lue has made so far. They are going to get smoked tonight.

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