The Cleveland Cavaliers have not been performing the way a three-time defending Eastern Conference championship team in the beginning of the NBA season. They’ve found themselves losing 4 straight games allowing at least 112 points in each game over that stretch.
The team has called for several meetings recently, and the news that they received at one of these meetings probably wasn’t the most helpful.
It’s reported that center Tristan Thompson, who initially started the season on Cleveland’s bench but recently came back to the starting lineup, is now expected to miss a month’s worth of gameplay with a left calf injury that he sustained during the second quarter of Wednesday night’s 124-107 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
The Cavaliers have been allowing 113.6 points per 100 possessions, which puts the team dead last in the NBA ranks. They’ll have to make do without Tristan Thompson, who was averaging just 4.4 points and 6.1 rebounds but was claimed to be their top interior defender. Jae Crowder will step up into Thompson’s position on the starting lineup. This will be Cleveland’s sixth different starting lineup so far this season.
Thompson has been a solid rock in the foundation for the Cavaliers. They took him with the fourth pick of the 2011 draft. At one point in his career, he had played in 447 consecutive games, the most in franchise history and one ended last season after he injured his thumb.