Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson exits game with 'mouth injury'

NBA.com Staff

Just when it appeared the Cavs were at full strength, the NBA’s reigning iron man was injured during Cleveland’s 125-120 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Tristan Thompson, who has played in 439 consecutive regualr-season games, headed to the locker room with 3:15 left in the third quarter after taking a Julius Randle elbow to the face.

Thompson suffered a “mouth injury” and did not return. Randle was assessed a technical foul for what the stat sheet called a hostile act.

Thomspon finished with four points and 10 rebounds in the Cavs’ playoff-clinching victory.

“If I didn’t have a good mouth guard, I’d have a tough time having a good dinner tonight, so, God bless my mouth guard,” Thompson said afterwards. “It’s part of the game. Whoever says basketball ain’t a contact sport definitely lied.”