The Cleveland Cavaliers are really hoping to have rookie forward Tristan Thompson back in action on Friday, announcing via Twitter that he has been upgraded for to probable on the injury report for the game against the New Jersey Nets. Thompson missed his first NBA game on Tuesday when the Cavaliers lost 92-85 to the Miami Heat, and also was inactive against the New York Knicks on Wednesday.
Most assumed he would be out of Friday's game against the Nets, but being bumped up to probable certainly makes it seem likely he plays. Thompson injured his left ankle with a sprain that was suffered with around two minutes left in Saturday's 121-94 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. He was playing well in that game, shooting six-of-seven from the field and four-of-five from the line for 16 points, with five rebounds on top of that.
As Martin Rickman noted following the injury, the Cavaliers don't have much depth and it's hard to have much faith in just about any of the guys that have to replace Thompson if he can't go again.