Tristan Thompson continues to bring energy every night.
He might not have improved as much offensively as some would've hoped for this summer, but he is trending upward statistically at the moment.
Thompson has now double-double'd eight times in 29 games this season after his Varejao-ish 14-point, 14-rebound effort in Milwaukee on Saturday.
Last season he registered nine double-doubles in 60 games.
The 14 points matched season high's Tristan set in November against both Philadelphia and Brooklyn. The 14 rebounds were one away from the season high he collected in late-November against Atlanta.
Thompson is now averaging a double-double at 11.4 points and 10.4 rebounds over his last five games.
The stated goal for Tristan in the preseason was to average a double-double for the year. He's currently 1.3 points and 1.8 rebounds away from accomplishing that goal.
Luke Walton came off the bench to dominate everyone in Milwaukee
The Cleveland Cavaliers are now 2-2 overall this season in games where Luke Walton has scored.
So maybe he needs more touches, son.
After netting two points in the opener against Washington, three on December 12 against Indiana and three more in a matchup with Boston on the 19th, Walton exploded for a season-high seven against the Bucks on Saturday.
In the process, he helped his team finish with a 94-82 win that snapped a six-game losing streak.
Walton also set Cavaliers career-highs in rebounds and steals with six and three respectively.
The four assists he dished out, along with his seven points, were one away from matching his Cavs' career-highs of five and eight he set last season.
If Walton can string 26 more games like this together, maybe somebody will even want to trade for him before the deadline.
Luke Walton was an excellent, NBA player with LA.
He may have aged, but he still knows how to play the game.
He has more basketball knowledge and court sense than anyone on the team.
That doesn't mean he should be given major minutes; he is not the future of this very young team.
It does mean he should be given the respect he has earned and deserves.