Maybe you missed it amid all the hand-wringing of the Cavaliers' third loss in four games Friday, after Cleveland let another uninspired third quarter lead the team to another loss.

But listed in the Cavaliers' box score was this: Tristan Thompson recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Another double-double.

It wasn't outstanding and it wasn't unexpected, either. It's about what the Cavaliers have come to expect from the second-year power forward.

But it's why, as the season heads into its final month and awards season begins to pick up, whispers already have begun that Thompson has earned the right for consideration for Most Improved Player.

Take TNT's Ernie Johnson, for instance, who tried to console himself after learning that Kyrie Irving would miss the Chicago game televised by NBA TV on Feb. 26. When a fan reminded Johnson that Dion Waiters would still be there, Johnson (@TurnerSportsEJ) replied, "True ... True and Tristan Thompson (most improved candidate)."