Rodney Hood, Tristan Thompson out tonight vs. Toronto Raptors
From NBA Twitter and media reports
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The Cleveland Cavaliers have been dealing with a multitude of injuries of late as Rodney Hood (back), Tristan Thompson (ankle), Larry Nance Jr. (hamstring) and Cedi Osman (hip flexor) have been sidelined. While Osman and Nance Jr. are unlikely to suit up tonight against the Toronto Raptors, there is a chance Hood and Thompson could be back after long absences. But just hours before tip, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported that coach Larry Drew confirmed that both Thompson and Hood are out for tonight.
Larry Drew says that Tristan Thompson and Rodney Hood are both out tonight. The Cavs are starting Jose Calderon, George Hill, LeBron James, Jeff Green and Kevin Love.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) March 21, 2018
Tristan Thompson and Rodney Hood are considered “questionable” to play Wednesday against the East-leading Toronto Raptors, while Larry Nance Jr. is slated to miss his fourth consecutive game because of a right hamstring injury.
Thompson sprained his right ankle on March 3 against Denver and has missed the last seven games. On Monday, acting head coach Larry Drew said Thompson “is really moving around real well. He’s pushing off the foot real well. He’s running up and down the floor real well so I would anticipate him being back very soon.”
If Thompson returns, the Cavs could start him at center and play Love at power forward against the Raptors.
Drew said he would consult Tyronn Lue on those decisions if the players are indeed available to return.
Nance’s hamstring issue was and is still considered day to day, but it is perhaps more serious than anyone let on. Nance wanted to play last week but was held out for “precautionary” reasons and is still not ready to play.