March 17, 2018

Tyronn Lue says Cavaliers will be without Tristan Thompson for two weeks

08 March 2018, 01:26 | Ken Black

Tristan Thompson Will Be Out 'Multiple Games' With A Sprained Ankle

Tristan Thompson To Miss Multiple Games With Sprained Ankle

The two-week timeline that Lue revealed will effectively cause Thompson to miss the entirety of the Cavs' six-game road trip, starting Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets.

Those frontcourt losses could've spelled doom against the league's top rebounder, Andre Drummond, and five-time All-Star, Blake Griffin.

Larry Nance Jr. supplied 22 points and 15 rebounds after being inserted into the starting lineup. They have made a habit of running the Pistons off the court at The Q, winning each of the last four games here against Detroit by at least 17 points. Cleveland also held Stan VanGundy's squad scoreless on the fastbreak - outrunning the Pistons, 14-0.

Larry Nance Sr. was at the game Monday, watching his son make the two of them just the fifth father-son duo in National Basketball Association history to score 20 points in a game for the same team, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, out of the 20 father-son duos to have played for the same franchise.

Thompson scored 12 points and had seven rebounds in 28 minutes against the Nuggets.

As expected, Lue turned to seldom-used rookie Ante Zizic because of all the injuries to the Cavs' bigs, and Zizic fared well.

LBJ leads the way with 31 points in the Wine & Gold victor. Nance Jr. led the Cavs with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the first half as they took a 54-49 lead into halftime.

Hood still didn't shoot well (4-of-12), but finished with 13 points and three rebounds. And that would be the last time Detroit got within single-digits of the Cavaliers the rest of the way.

Detroit scored the next six points, but its frustration mounted as Drummond and Griffin were both whistled for technicals.

George Hill has been a major upgrade at the point guard position for the Cleveland Cavaliers and his top-notch backcourt defense is already proving to make an impact on a team that craved defenders so much, but he's not the go-to-guy for this team's future at the point.

Smith's had a challenging season on the floor - his 8.3 point average is his lowest since 2005 and he's making only 39 percent his shots - and his blowup at Jones could be the result of pent-up frustration.

So the conversations take place in the family lounge.After enjoying his career night Monday, Nance Jr. said he might bring up the comparison shown on Fox Sports Ohio comparing Nance Sr.'s first start for the Cavs to his son's."I'm sure I'll razz him about that", Nance Jr. said.

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