Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson sidelined by thumb injury

CLEVELAND - CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson will miss tonight’s game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Boston in a battle for first place in the Eastern Conference standings, the organization announced Wednesday afternoon.

Thompson suffered a sprained right thumb in the third quarter of Tuesday’s 122-102 victory over the Orlando Magic at Quicken Loans Arena. Thompson taped up his injured thumb and continued to play throughout the game, totaling two points, three rebounds, one assist and a blocked shot over 28 minutes of play in the Cavaliers’ 50th win of the season.

Although X-rays came back negative, Thompson is having “further evaluation and imaging done at Cleveland Clinic,” according to the team and will miss tonight’s contest in Boston as well as Friday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks in Cleveland.

This season, Thompson has averaged 8.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.1 blocks and 0.5 steals over 30.1 minutes in 77 games played, all of which he started. Thompson converted 59.6 percent of his field goal attempts, but is setting a career low for free-throw percentage (.502).

In his career with the Cavaliers, Thompson has averaged 9.4 points and 8.6 rebounds.

Prior to suffering the thumb injury against Orlando, Thompson had played in 447 consecutive games, which was the longest active streak in the NBA, as well as the longest in Cavaliers history.

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