The Cleveland Cavaliers are in trouble. LeBron James is doing everything he can, but the Cavs are still struggling. However Thompson's ankle swelled overnight and was evaluated at the Cleveland Clinic Courts on Sunday when he was diagnosed with a right ankle sprain. The six-year-pro out of Texas is averaging 6 points and 6 1/2 rebounds for the Cavaliers in 42 games this season.
The Cavs also said that Thompson will begin his rehabilitation now and that his return to play will be determined on the progress he makes in his recovery. Before the break, he was averaging 10.7 points on 48.9 percent shooting (32 percent from 3) and 3.4 rebounds. And more injuries obviously doesn't help. With the loss, Cleveland dropped to 36-26 overall and 21-11 at home. It's not going to get any easier either.
Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are 9 games out of first. The Cavaliers aren't the most reliable home team in terms of betting trends, but the home team has covered in eight of the last nine meetings while the Pistons have been bad on the road no matter who they play. The trade for Blake Griffin was supposed to ignite Detroit, but they are just 6-8 since the star forward landed in Motown and sit four-and-a-half games in back of the Miami Heat for the eighth and final playoff spot.
Things are going from not-so-good to yikes!-now-what? for the Cavaliers.