Cavs' Thompson (ankle) expected to miss 'multiple games'

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As a team, the Cavaliers shot 52 percent from the field and nine of 24 from the three-point line but they were always playing from behind after their poor defense allowed the Nuggets to pour on 73 points in the first half. Kevin Love leads in rebounds with 9.4. Oh, and to add insult to injury, the NBA Gods dealt Cleveland another blow as they will be without reserve Jeff Green, further crippling the Cavs second-unit.

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cavaliers will be without starting center Tristan Thompson for several games because of a sprained right ankle. "He is expected to miss multiple games and his return to play timing will be established in relation to his continued evaluation and daily recovery progress". He stayed in the game and finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, but the team said he experienced "significant swelling" overnight and tests revealed the sprain. 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. With the loss, Cleveland dropped to 36-26 overall and 21-11 at home. It's not going to get any easier either.

The #Cleveland Cavaliers just can't seem to catch a break.

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