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Cleveland player's iron man streak to end at 447 consecutive games

By Marla Ridenour • Apr 5, 2017 at 11:27 PM

Tristan Thompson’s iron man streak is over.

The Cleveland Cavaliers center suffered a sprained right thumb Tuesday night against the Orlando Magic and will not play Wednesday against the Celtics in Boston or Friday at home against the Atlanta Hawks, the team announced.

The injury will end Thompson’s run of playing in 447 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NBA and a franchise record that began on Feb. 10, 2012.

According to a Cavs press release, Thompson was injured in the third quarter of the Cavs’ victory over the Magic, but had the thumb taped and continued to play. X-rays at Quicken Loans Arena after the game were negative. But he did not fly with the team to Boston Tuesday night, staying to undergo an MRI at Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday morning. The test confirmed the sprain.

The Cavs said Thompson’s condition will be updated “as appropriate” after Friday’s game.

Thompson is averaging 9.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game this season. He played 28 minutes against the Magic and recorded two points and three rebounds.

The team recalled center Larry Sanders from the D-League’s Canton Charge for the Celtics game at TD Garden.

Thompson is the Cavs’ only center after Andrew Bogut broke his left tibia 58 seconds into his debut with the team on March 6. Chris “Birdman” Andersen tore his right ACL in practice on Dec. 16.

The Cavs signed Sanders, who has been out of the league for the past two years, on March 13 and waived Bogut. Sanders has played just four minutes in two games for the Cavs, but is averaging six points, eight rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots in four games for the Charge.


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