Tristan Thompson has been the NBA’s current iron man, he doesn’t miss games. Tuesday night, during the third quarter against the Magic, he suffered a thumb injury and came out, had it taped up, and went back in to help the Cavs finish off the win. Postgame X-rays were negative.
However, he did not travel with the team to Boston and will not play against the Celtics, the team announced.
That ends Thompson’s consecutive game streak at 447, the longest active one in the NBA.
He will not play against the Hawks on Friday, either, and will have an MRI on the injury. Expect coach Tyronn Lue to prioritize Thompson’s health heading into the playoffs. The Cavaliers recalled big man Larry Sanders from the D-League Wednesday morning, he could now get a little run.
Consider this also another reason that the Celtics/Cavaliers showdown is not a good barometer of a potential playoff meeting.
The all-time NBA consecutive games streak belongs to A.C. Green at 1,192, the equivalent of 14.5 seasons.