Tristan Thompson was at the tail end of arguably his best season of his young career, averaging 8.1 PPG on 59.6% FG to go along with 9.2 RPG and 1.1 BPG. But then an injury struck. Tristan is known as the "Iron Man" for his consecutive games played streak, which was the highest active streak in the NBA. He was referred to as a player that never gets injured and plays at a high level every night.

So it was a huge surprise went it was announced that Thompson would miss the much-anticipated game against the Boston Celtics due to a thumb injury. It was immediately reported that TT had been diagnosed with a sprained right thumb which occurred during the Cavaliers-Magic game, and will miss the next two games (at Boston, vs.

Hawks). This shocked a lot of fans league-wide, because of the health reputation Tristan has, but I guess it just adds to the list of injuries the Cavs have been battling with all season.

Injury update on Tristan Thompson

ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported on the situation earlier today. Letting the fans and media know the situation with Tristan Thompson, as he is a vital piece of the Cavs success and will be needed in the playoffs.

As Cavs nation breathes a sigh of relief, so does Tristan himself. I'm sure he would want nothing more than to get back on the court and continue to do the dirty work for the team. We all know how serious finger injuries can sometimes turn out to be, as shown with J.R.

Smith's injury earlier this season, where he was sidelined for months due to a complex fracture in his right thumb, the same finger that TT is having troubles with.

In tonight's game when the Cleveland Cavaliers face off against the Atlanta Hawks, don't expect to see Tristan Thompson suiting up as it was confirmed a few days ago, Tristan would miss two games with the thumb injury.

But Cavs fans can still cherish the good news and expect to see their starting center lineup for the upcoming road trip, which features games against the Hawks and the Heat. This back-to-back will mark the last road games for Cleveland this season, before finishing off the regular season with a game against the Raptors at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The end of the iron man streak

Tristan Thompson had quite an impressive streak going, which disappointingly came to an end at the fault of this injury. Tristan had played in 447 straight games dating back to 2012. This streak was the longest active streak in the NBA, and the next competition wasn't close. This could be due to rest becoming a popular move in today's NBA, and injuries always being a problem. But either way, what Tristan was able to do was remarkable. Playing this many straight games, especially with his physical play style, playing in the paint, is impressive. And might not be done again shortly.