Cavs' Tristan Thompson out next two games with sprained thumb

Cleveland center suffered sprained thumb against Magic Tuesday.

The Cavaliers might be, well, cavalier about their pursuit of the top seed in the Eastern Conference, but coach Tyronn Lue has already said he doesn't plan to sit anyone Wednesday when his team faces the Celtics, who are nipping at their heels for the slot.

Now, he'llbe without one of themost integral role players who helped Cleveland win its first title in franchise history a season agofor the nationallytelevised blockbuster between the teams, both 50-27with five games remaining, at TD Garden at 8 p.m ET and their home game against Atlanta Friday.

Center Tristan Thompson willmiss both contestsafter sustaining aninjuryduring the Cavs' 122-102 win against the Magic on Tuesday, the team announced.

If the 6-9, 238-pound Thompson doesn't suit up, it would end his streak of 447 consecutive games, the longest current streak in the NBA.

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Windhorst also reported the MRI is precautionary, meaningeven if Thompson shouldn't be out for an extended period of time. In anticipation of Thompson's absence, the Cavaliers have called up late-season signee big man Larry Sandersfrom the Canton Charge, Cleveland's D-League affiliate.

The Cavs holda 2-1 advantage over the Celtics in the season series. The Cavaliers and Celtics areNo. 1 and No. 2 in the Eastern Conference standings.

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