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Tristan Thompson | Center/Forward | #13

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 238
College: Texas
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (4) / CLE
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Tristan Thompson started over Kyle Korver on Tuesday and hit 4-of-6 shots eight points, seven rebounds and nothing else in a 107-94 Game 2 loss to the Celtics.
Thompson played better than several of his teammates, but simply doesn't have the skill set to make a huge impact offensively, while his lack of blocks wasn't helpful, either. The Cavs will probably continue to start him, simply because they need him to try to slow Al Horford down, but it didn't really work tonight. May 15 - 11:52 PM

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Tristan Thompson will start Game 2 on Tuesday, as expected.

Thompson will join George Hill, J.R. Smith, LeBron James and Kevin Love in the starting lineup, pushing Kyle Korver to the bench. Thompson did a great job against Al Horford in Game 1, holding him without a point or rebound during their nine minutes on the floor together.
May 15 - 8:25 PM

Tristan Thompson is expected to draw the start in Game 2.

Thompson pulled down 11 rebounds in Game 1 with eight points in 21 minutes. Coach Ty Lue said he's still "weighing" the decision, but cited Thompson's success against Al Horford in the past. In the nine minutes in which Horford and Thompson shared the floor in Game 1, Horford didn't have a single point or rebound.
May 14 - 12:33 PM

Tristan Thompson came off the bench and hit 5-of-8 shots and 4-of-4 free throws for 14 points and 12 rebounds in Game 1 against the Raptors.

His defense was stellar tonight and his offense wasn't bad, either. However, the fact remains that the Raptors couldn't buy a bucket in the fourth quarter, and half the time the defense of the Cavs wasn't involved in the misses. But it's clear that Cleveland will lean heavily on Thompson to help control the paint, and his free throw shooting was clutch tonight.
May 1 - 11:26 PM

Coach Ty Lue would not reveal his starting lineup during his pre-game press conference for Game 1 on Tuesday.

No surprise here and we likely won't get word on this one until right before tip. Jonas Valanciunas is coming in hot and he handled Kevin Love in the season series, so getting Tristan Thompson out there makes some sense. Regardless, Thompson is expected to play in this series.
May 1 - 6:48 PM

Speaking with reporters after shootaround, Coach Ty Lue wouldn't reveal if Tristan Thompson would start Game 1 vs. the Raptors.

Thompson logged just 24 total minutes over the first six games of the Cavs first-round series vs. Indiana, but started in Game 7 and stepped up. Thompson delivered 15 points, ten rebounds, a steal, and a block in 35 minutes. However, per Cavs reporter Dave McMenamin, Jeff Green was very effective against the Raps in the Cavs' two regular-season wins against them when they went small. We likely won't find out who is in the starting lineup until tip-off.
May 1 - 1:11 PM

Tristan Thompson got the surprise start in Sunday's Game 7 win vs. the Pacers, finishing with 15 points, 10 rebounds, a steal, and a block in 35 huge minutes.

TT had played just 24 minutes in the series altogether before Sunday's affair, so to say he was a difference-maker would be an understatement. It's clear that the Cavs are going to need to play Thompson more moving forward—especially with the size the Raptors present on their frontline—and it's fair to wonder why Thompson wasn't a bigger part of the Round 1 gameplan given his obvious impact when it mattered most. Needless to say, we wouldn't be surprised to see Thompson stick in the first five for Tuesday's Game 1 in Toronto.
Apr 29 - 4:05 PM

Tristan Thompson will enter the starting lineup for Game 7 on Sunday.

Even though George Hill (back) is returning, he'll come off the bench and may have restrictions after sitting out three straight games. Jose Calderon will move to the bench with the Cavaliers going big, meaning LeBron James will run the point.
Apr 29 - 1:07 PM

Tristan Thompson went scoreless with one rebound and one assist in seven minutes off the Cavs' bench on Sunday.

It was Thompson's first action since Game 1 and coach Ty Lue said before the game that he wanted TT to provide "toughness, rebounding [and] defense." He checked in early with Kevin Love in foul trouble but the change didn't last long, as Lue soon reverted to his usual rotation with Larry Nance, Jeff Green, Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood comprising the bench in the second half. Barring a dramatic change in fortunes, Thompson won't be a DFS option this postseason.
Apr 22 - 11:48 PM

Cavaliers coach Ty Lue said Tristan Thompson will play some minutes off the bench in Game 4.

Lue added that he wants Thompson to bring some of the toughness the Cavs have been lacking. Thompson has played a total of two minutes in this series, but we'll see if this decision gives the Cavs a spark. "I can trust him," Lue said. "I think Tristan can also get us extra possessions offensive rebounding. He brings toughness and that’s been a problem last couple games."
Apr 22 - 10:57 AM

Tristan Thompson picked up a DNP-CD during Game 2 on Wednesday.

Thompson may not return to the rotation while Kevin Love and Larry Nance are healthy, at least not during the Cavs' first-round series vs. Indiana, but it's worth noting that Love hurt his left thumb in the fourth quarter tonight. His absence is even more glaring in light of the $36 million Cleveland owes him through 2020.
Apr 18 - 9:59 PM

Tristan Thompson had just two points, three rebounds and one assist in 16 minutes vs. Charlotte on Wednesday.

Kevin Love (concussion) was out of commission tonight and it's unclear when he'll return -- he needs to clear the league's strenuous concussion protocol. Even if he does miss more games, though, there are no guarantees Thompson will earn more starts -- Cleveland could go smaller vs. teams like the Pelicans (Friday) and Mavericks (Sunday). It's safe to leave Thompson on the wire in almost any format.
Mar 28 - 10:03 PM

George Hill, Rodney Hood, LeBron James, Jeff Green and Tristan Thompson will start against the Hornets on Wednesday.

The Cavs will go big at the five against Dwight Howard, which makes sense from a defensive standpoint. Larry Nance should still see a lot of run off the bench and is a much better fantasy play than Thompson.
Mar 28 - 5:33 PM

Tristan Thompson scored four points with 10 rebounds in 16 minutes against the Suns on Friday.

Larry Nance has been a smashing success while healthy, so Thompson's minutes are likely going to drop. He doesn't have much fantasy value even when he gets 30 minutes anyway.
Mar 23 - 10:56 PM

Tristan Thompson (ankle) and Larry Nance Jr. (hamstring) are back on a minute restriction against the Suns on Friday.

Both players will stick on the bench, which isn't a surprise now that Kevin Love is back. Nance was very good before his injury, so there likely won't be many minutes for Thompson tonight.
Mar 23 - 5:51 PM