Cavs Rumors: Tristan Thompson Could Return From Injury Saturday vs. Detroit Pistons

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Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson has missed the last six weeks of action due to a left foot injury. However, one new report suggests that he could make his long-awaited return on Saturday, when the Cavaliers host the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena.

Joe Vardon of The Athletic quoted a source close to Thompson concerning a possible return:

“A source told me Tristan Thompson (left foot soreness) might play Saturday against the Pistons. His last game was Jan. 16 in Portland, after which the Cavs shut him down after a previously sprained left foot was sore. He’s missed 17 consecutive games. [Larry] Drew said Thompson practiced after the All-Star break and didn’t feel great the following day, which the team determined to mean he wasn’t ready. Thompson denies there was a setback, though a source close to him said he had a minor calf issue in addition to the sore foot. At any rate, if Thompson practices Friday, he could play Saturday or Sunday. I’m skeptical, but I thought I’d tell you what a source close to him said.”

When the 27-year-old Thompson has been able to play this season, he’s been a major contributor to the Cavaliers’ lineup. In his 35 games thus far, he’s averaged a double-double with 11.5 points and 11.1 rebounds per game, while also contributing an average of 2.1 assists per contest.

In addition, he’s also provided the team with solid leadership during a painful rebuilding year.

However, this is the second extended absence this year for the once-durable Thompson. Back in November, he missed 10 games with a sprained left foot.

Counting last night’s game in New York, Thompson has been unable to play in the last 17 games for the Cavs, who have a 15-47 record following Thursday’s comeback win.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.