CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Tristan Thompson returned to the Cavs after missing 4 games to test his sprained right thumb Wednesday night against the Toronto Raptors.
Thompson looked like his usual self early as he made his first 4 shots and pulled down 3 quick rebounds in the opening quarter. He finished with 10 points, made 5 of 6 shots from the field and had 4 rebounds in 18 minutes of the Cavs’ 98-83 loss to Toronto before calling it a night.
He did not play in the second half.
“I felt alright, [the thumb] felt good,” Thompson said. “Was just glad to be back out there especially the last game before the post season so I’m glad to be back out there.”
Thompson, who also had his 2 front teeth knocked in earlier this season and now wears braces while they re-seat, wore a brace to protect his hand and will continue to do so going forward.
“I can get used to it,” Thompson said. “It’s a little different with the whole wrap on the hand. I just gotta make sure I’ve got good control of the ball and be able to catch finish and rebound.”
Cavs general manager David Griffin provided some idea of just how bad Thompson’s injury was before the game.
“He had a really significant sprain,” Griffin said. “He’s going to brace it and do those things. We don’t have any concern that he won’t play in large part because it’s Tristan. He’s got a very high pain tolerance.
“Tristan’s a warrior, it’s what he does and he’s going to be great.”
Thompson suffered the sprained right thumb during the third quarter of a 122-102 win at home on April 4 against Orlando ending his 447 consecutive games streak the next night because he didn’t travel with the team to Boston following additional medical testing.
With the playoffs set to begin, Thompson doesn’t plan on missing any more time, not with a second consecutive championship run at stake.
“Just gotta play through it and get used to it,” Thompson said. “I’m not like Kyle Korver, J.R. [Smith] and those guys coming off of pin-downs and shooting so I’m real fortunate I don’t have to do all of that with this hand so I’ll be fine. I’ll figure it out like I always do.”