The biggest thing that people have been looking for when it comes to Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson while he plays for Canada in the 2013 FIBA Americas tournament has been his switch from lefty to righty on his shooting stroke. However, the third-year NBA player’s overall performance, particularly in the second round of the tourney, has been quite intriguing.
On Thursday as Canada trounced Mexico, Thompson had a poor showing offensively in his 30 minutes on the floor. He finished with only seven points on just 3-12 shooting and with three turnovers. However, Thompson did finish the day with 12 boards, four of them coming on the offensive end of the floor.
Against Venezuela on Friday, Thompson had an absolutely monster game on the boards, grabbing 20 total rebounds, including seven offensive rebounds, albeit in a losing effort. Thompson shot just 3-8 from the floor, but did finish the day with 12 points after going an impressive 6-8 from the free-throw stripe, shooting right-handed of course.
Thompson was less effective on the boards on Saturday in another loss, this time to the Dominican Republic. He finished with just six boards, though three of them were offensive. However, he did finish with a solid 14 points on 5-7 shooting from the floor, but he did only go 4-8 from the charity stripe.
Essentially, the past few games for Thompson at the tournament have been marred by inconsistency. Obviously he will be playing with a more talented roster with the Cavs in the upcoming NBA season, but Cleveland will undoubtedly be looking for him to give them a consistent performance night-in and night-out, no matter which hand he’s shooting with.
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