Thompson Issued Suspension
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been short-handed for over a month due to injuries to top performers Darius Garland and Evan Mobley in December of 2023. More bad news struck the Cavaliers on January 23, 2024, as the NBA issued a 25-game suspension to veteran Tristan Thompson for testing positive for two different performance-enhancing drugs. The Cavaliers have managed to go 14-3 during the absence of Garland and Mobley and put together an eight-game winning streak during this timeframe. This winning streak was snapped on January 24, 2024, by the Milwaukee Bucks who beat the Cavaliers 126-116. The Cavaliers beat the Milwaukee Bucks on January 26, 2024, with a score of 112-100.
Before his suspension, Thompson was providing quality minutes for the Cavaliers and served as a mentor for many of the younger players. Thompson provided the Cavaliers with 4 or more defensive rebounds in the last three games he played before his suspension was announced (Basketball Reference, 2024). Thompson was also featured as a guest on the Cavaliers Post-Game Show on Bally Sports after the Cavaliers won at home. According to Cavaliers head coach, JB Bickerstaff, Thompson addressed the locker room regarding his suspension before it was announced by the NBA on Tuesday, January 23, 2024. Thompson took responsibility for his actions and apologized for letting the team down.
The Cavaliers will look to Damian Jones and Dean Wade to provide quality minutes at center for the Cavaliers until Evan Mobley returns to play. The Cavaliers are hopeful that Mobley and Garland will return to play soon. The Cavaliers next game is Monday, January 28, 2024 at home against the LA Clippers with tipoff set for 7:00 PM EST.
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