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08 March 2018, 01:28 | Stacy Ballard
Cavs say Tristan Thompson to miss 'multiple games' with ankle sprain
Larry Nance Jr. was the man of the hour last night for the Cleveland Cavaliers, as he had a career-night in his first start for the Cavs, guiding his team to a good win against the Detroit Pistons.
It means Cleveland will be without its starting frontcourt from the last two Finals for Monday's matchup against Griffin (a five-time All-Star) and center Andre Drummond, an All-Star this season.
The main takeaway from the Cavaliers' 112-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons on March 5 is how history is repeating itself for the Cavaliers and Larry Nance. Cleveland also held Stan VanGundy's squad scoreless on the fastbreak - outrunning the Pistons, 14-0. Although he survived the Cavaliers' makeover at the trade deadline, he is only averaging 6.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in 2017-18 and surely is not as effective as he has been in the previous few seasons. Cleveland had two starters - George Hill and JR Smith - fail to score in the first half.
Jordan Clarkson and Kyle Korver tallied 11 points apiece - each player (plus Ante Zizic, in his longest run of the season) finishing with six rebounds off the bench.
Griffin led the Pistons Monday with 25 points on 10-of-22 shooting. But the hope is he'll do that more playing with James on the first unit.Hood explained the difference for him playing on the Cavs than when he was with the Utah Jazz, which traded him here February 8."For me personally it's just two completely different styles of play than I've played the last three and a half years in Utah", Hood said.
Nance's stat line in his first start with Cleveland also bested his father's 17 points and 11 rebounds in his first start for the Cavs on February 29, 1988.
At some point the Cavaliers defense has to get better, right? Except, now, playing in Cleveland, Nance Sr.is at The Q for each home game.
If Nance continues to play the way he did Monday, head coach Tyronn Lue might have a hard time turning the starting role back to Thompson when he is healthy.
Drummond, the league's leading rebounder at 15.8 a game, didn't miss a shot all night - he was 5-for-5 from both the field and the line - but more often than not, Nance prevented him from even getting his hands on the ball.
Up Next - Following their five-game homestand, the Wine & Gold get back on the road - embarking on a six-game, 12-day trip beginning with a rematch against the Nuggets on Wednesday night in the Mile High City.
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