Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson will reportedly miss one month with a left calf injury, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.
Thompson suffered the injury during the first half of Wednesday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers. The Cavaliers announced shortly after the injury that Thompson had suffered a left calf strain and wouldn’t return to the game. Following the game, it was reported that Thompson was seen leaving the arena on crutches.
The news of his injury comes at perhaps the worst time for the Cavaliers. They are 3-5 through their first eight games and have dropped four consecutive games. The loss of Thompson will be huge for the team as he has proven to be a key member of its rotation in recent years. Thompson has avoided any major injury over the course of his six seasons in the league as he’s only missed 10 games to this point.
The Cavaliers have deployed several different starting lineups already this season and will likely need to make more adjustments with the loss of Thompson. Forward Channing Frye projects to receive more minutes and forward Ante Zizic could also be in line to receive more minutes as well with the loss of Thompson.
In eight games this season, Thompson is averaging 4.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.