Injury blow for struggling Cavaliers

November 03, 2017
LeBron James



The worst four-game stretch of LeBron James' career and a shocking start for the Cavaliers got a little worse yesterday.

Forward Tristan Thompson could be out a month with a strained left calf.

One of Cleveland's most dependable players over the past few years, Thompson was injured in the second quarter Wednesday night in a loss to the Indiana Pacers.

Thompson, who has been moved out and in of the starting line-up by coach Tyronn Lue, left Quicken Loans Arena using crutches. The team said an MRI confirmed the strain and that he'll need as much as four weeks to recover before he plays again.

Thompson's injury is the latest setback for the Cavs, who have dropped four straight and are 3-5, not where a team expected to make it to its fourth NBA Finals figured to be at this point.

But injuries, new players, an older roster and defensive lapses have contributed to make the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions one of the early season's surprises for the wrong reasons.

Cleveland have lost the past four games by a combined 64 points, the most lopsided four-game span for James since he lost four in a row during his rookie season. But that's when he was virtually alone on a Cleveland team, not one with All-Stars like Kevin Love, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose.

As the Cavs regrouped at practise before leaving to play the Washington Wizards today, there were signs of concern or panic about the slow start from such an experienced team. Losses are going to happen.

"No one in here is a rookie," Wade said. "Everyone in here has been through it. Lots of guys have been through the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows. It's frustrating when you're going through it.

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