The 2016 NBA Playoffs will officially start on Saturday, April 13. The Cleveland Cavaliers has secured the number one spot in the Eastern Conference and they will play against the Detroit Pistons.
According to the latest NBA rumors in Cleveland, head coach Tyronn Lue will be starting Tristan Thompson at center in the playoffs. The 6-foot-10, 238-pound Thompson’s matchup will be 2016 NBA All-Star Andre Drummond, whose average are 16.3 points and 14.8 rebounds per game this season.
When reporters asked coach Lue about why he would prefer Thompson over 7-foot-1 Timofey Mozgov, his answer was very simple. “I just wanted to,” Lue told ESPN.
The 25-year-old big man is averaging just 8.4 points and 10 rebounds in 32 start this season. It is better than his 7.6 points and 8.5 rebounds when coming off the bench in 48 games.
Tristan Thompson was also asked by ESPN on what he thinks about matching up with Drummond in the first round. “He’s a big part of the team and he’s a big guy, but at the same time, I got to do what I’m good at to make him uncomfortable just using my quickness and speed and trying to find ways to frustrate him,” he answered.
“I’ll be fine. I’m too young to be worried about if my body is going to take a beating. So, I just got to be ready to play,” Thompson added.
The Toronto native is known for his hustle, energy, defense and offensive rebounding. He proved in last season’s playoff performance especially against the Warriors in the Finals that his capable of playing at a high level on the big stage.
He filled in for the injured Kevin Love who suffered a shoulder injury against the Boston Celtics. Going into this year’s playoffs, the Cavaliers are at full strength with Kyrie Irving, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, Love and Thompson in the starting lineup.
In their final matchup of the regular season, the Pistons defeated the Cavs in double overtime 112-100. The Cavs rested their best players including Tristan Thompson who only played four seconds just to extend his consecutive games played streak to 370, per NBA.com.
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