Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson suffered a right ankle sprain Saturday night in a loss to the Denver Nuggets. The team announced today that Thompson will miss multiple games due to this injury.
Thompson stepped on the heel of a Nuggets player in the first half when he experienced this injury. He went on to play the rest of the game, finishing the night with 12 points and seven rebounds. According to the Cavs, Thompson’s ankle experienced “significant swelling” overnight.
Larry Nance Jr. is likely to get the starting nod on Monday against the Detroit Pistons. Nance Jr. also experienced an injury late in the Denver game where he hyperextended his knee but was fine to go back into the game.
The Cavaliers also recalled Ante Zizic from the Canton Charge. The rookie center, standing at 6’11”, averaged 17.2 points and 9.4 rebounds in 24 minutes per game in five appearances with the Charge this year. If Zizic actually plays and performs well, Thompson’s injury might work as a blessing in disguise as the Cavs could already own a backup center in Zizic.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 19-22 in games where Tristan Thompson plays and 17-3 in games where he doesn’t play this season. Let’s see what Larry Nance Jr. and Ante Zicic could bring to the Cavalier frontcourt in the absence of Kevin Love and Tristan.