The Cleveland Cavaliers have won 11 games in a row after their 116-111 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena. They are now 16-7 on the season and have pulled to within 3-1/2 games of the Boston Celtics for the top record in the Eastern Conference. With upcoming games against Chicago, Sacramento, Indiana, Philadelphia, Atlanta and the Lakers the Cavaliers have a chance to equal or eclipse the Celtics 16 game streak from earlier this season.
Within the next two weeks the Cavaliers will be getting back three players who are currently out with injuries.
Tristan Thompson is due back this week after missing the last 13 games with a strained left calf. Thompson had struggled to start the season averaging only 4.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. With as well as the current starting unit has been playing it is very likely that Thompson will come off the bench in his return to the team.
After taking time away from the team to ponder his future Derrick Rose has informed the Cavaliers that he plans on returning to the team. Rose took a leave of absence from the team in the midst of rehab for a sprained ankle. It’s the second time Rose has missed time due to an ankle injury in this young season. The constant injuries caused Rose to have second thoughts about continuing his NBA career. It was reported on Saturday that Rose has informed Cleveland General Manager Koby Altman of his desire to return to the team. It is not known what role Rose will play given Dwyane Wade’s success running the second unit and with the pending return of Isaiah Thomas.
Thomas is reportedly looking to make his season debut within the next two weeks. He has been increasing his rehab workload and has begun taking part in different stages of practice with his teammates over the past two weeks. Thomas has gone thru several drills involving running at full speed, moving side to side and taking contact with no setbacks. It will take some time for Thomas to gel with his new teammates on the court but his 29 point per game average from last season will be a welcome sight with the Cavaliers giving them another legit go to scorer.
Iman Shumpert will miss the next seven to eight weeks after having surgery on his ailing right knee.