The expectations for Tristan Thompson were set in training camp when coach Byron Scott made it clear he believed Thompson could average a double-double in this his second season. Thompson isn't there yet, but if the last four games are any indication, he's starting to figure it out. Thompson had 14 points and 14 rebounds in the Cavs' victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. It marked his third consecutive game with a double-double and would've counted as his fourth, but he fell one rebound shy in a loss at Toronto last week. He still has a ways to go to catch Anderson Varejao's streak earlier this season of 10 consecutive games with a double-double, but it's a start. Thompson is still a wreck at times offensively, but he is clearly buying into Scott's constant reminders that the Cavs drafted him not for his offense, but his defense and rebounding. "When you say double-double to a lot of people, their expectations are you're going to throw him the ball a bunch of times, he's going to bet a bunch of post-ups and a bunch of jump shots," Scott said. "That's not necessarily the way it is. My expectations for him is to average a double-double, but by offensive rebounding and running the floor. He's getting putbacks, he's getting around the basket where he's getting dish-offs from Kyrie and things like that. It's no different than what Andy [Varejao] is doing, Andy is just doing it at an unbelievable clip right now." Thompson appears to be more focused and aggressive on the defensive end and rebounding. He has worked with Zydrunas Ilgauskas in recent weeks on offensive moves around the basket and has tried posting players up more during games. Ilgauskas' time to work with Thompson is limited now, however, because his primary role is in the front office and he's out scouting college players.
Cavs' Tristan Thompson starting his own double-double streak
Akron Beacon Journal | Dec 24