"Now you guys love us again right?" – Tristan Thompson, postgame.
Oh, you said the season’s over? These games don’t mean anything? Nobody told Tristan Thompson, who once again turned into a ******* wrecking ball. Crashing boards, exploding defenders, demanding respect with energy that bled out onto the court in buckets, winning a second game in a row and driving the highest sections of the Quicken Loans Arena, where there is no talk of “tanking”, into complete and utter madness. It is not over. There is still work left to do.
While All Star Kyrie Irving, rookie Dion Waiters, veteran Anderson Varejao and even rookie Tyler Zeller have all missed games this year due to injuries, some of real significance, Thompson has not missed a game through 76 and has spent that time working in the laboratory of the painted area transforming himself into a monster that punishes defenses.
Another 15 points another 16 rebounds, including 8 of the hard fought clawing aggressive...