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Suffering a slight knee injury two games ago, Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao is officially deemed a “game-time decision” for the team’s upcoming back-to-back set against the Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks.
At Friday morning’s shootaround, Cavs head coach Byron Scott stated that Varejao was improving, but that the team could err on the cautionary side.
“Honestly, I’m thinking about keeping him out no matter what,” said Scott. “That’s my feeling. Even the game where he hurt the knee, he came back and played. But I know that he wants to play, but I told Andy that even if they clear him, it’s going to be my decision, so we’ll see how he feels tonight.”
The team is very much aware of Varejao’s injury history and wants to make sure that they even limit the bumps and bruises where possible. Rookie center Tyler Zeller will likely start in Varejao’s place in the event he remains inactive. Zeller, now playing without a protective mask, finished with 20 points and three rebounds in his first taste of starting in the NBA.
“I thought [Tyler] played well,” said Scott. “He played a physical brand of basketball and was aggressive on both ends of the floor. I thought he did some of the things that we had talked about prior to the game — he took those words to heart.”
The Cavaliers also called up power forward Jon Leuer from the NBDL in order to provide additional depth.
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Anderson Varejao is one of the most coveted big men in the NBA this season.
This isn’t the first time he has heard his name mentioned in trade talks — he averaged a double-double last season and nearly 10 and 10 the previous year — so he isn’t letting himself get sidetracked by an area of the game he cannot impact.
“I can’t control it,” he said prior to the Cavaliers...
The Cleveland Cavaliers can ill-afford to have their starters miss time. They lost Kyrie Irving for a large chunk of time, and now for the second time this season, Anderson Varejao has had to sit out. Varejao missed last night's game against the Boston Celtics with a knee injury. Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon-Journal says Varejao's injury is not considered serious...
Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao missed Wednesday night's game against the Boston Celtics because of a bruised right knee.
Varejao, the NBA's leading rebounder at 14.4 per game, was injured Tuesday night against Toronto when he landed awkwardly on his right leg and crumpled to the floor in pain after being fouled late in the first quarter. He limped to the locker...
Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will miss at least two more games with a bruised right knee.
Varejao has missed four games since hurting his knee on Dec. 18 against Toronto. The Cavs had hoped extra rest would get the NBA's leading rebounder back on the floor, but he's not ready to play. Varejao will sit out Friday's home game against Atlanta and will not travel with...
Sam Amico via Sulia
The Celtics, ranked 29th in rebounding, do have a strong interest in Cavs' Anderson Varejao, but the question is what could Celtics offer that the Cavs would want? (And don't say Jared Sullinger. Cavs didn't have an interest in him on draft night and likely still don't.) That's the trouble with trading Varejao. Teams with a strong interest...
Anderson Varejao missed this game due to a knee injury and without his services the Celtics were simply too much for the Cavaliers to contend with.
This one looked like a blowout with the Celtics opening up a 20 point lead in the 3rd quarter. However, the Cavaliers went on a nice 20-2 run to close out the quarter and the start of the 4th to pull within 2 points of the Celtics. The...
According to Sam Amico, who can usually be trusted on all things Cleveland Cavaliers-related, the Celtics have expressed strong interest in Anderson Varejao. From Amico’s Sulia:The Celtics, ranked 29th in rebounding, do have a strong interest in Cavs’ Anderson Varejao, but the question is what could Celtics offer that the Cavs would want? (And don’t say Jared Sullinger. Cavs...
The Celtics rebounding is bad. Really bad. So bad that Dennis Rodman could show up tomorrow in his wedding dress and be the best rebounder on the team.
The Cavaliers just so happen to have the best rebounder in the league on their roster in Anderson Varejao, and he’s available for the right price.
Enter the Celtics…. but don’t get too excited.
The Celtics, ranked 29th in...
Contenders be on notice, a fantastic player could be had at the trade deadline. Anderson Varejao has been one of the top big men in the Eastern Conference this season. Leading the league in rebounds (14.4 a game), while averaging a career high in scoring (14.1 a game), Varejao is having a career year. Sadly for him, the Cavs are still rebuilding and will be nowhere near the playoffs...
At one point, this game was actually close. the Cavs went into halftime with the slimmest of leads, 45-44. After halftime, the bottom fell out of defense. Indiana dropped 33 points in the third period and Cleveland could never recover. Roy Hibbert (18 points) and David West (15 points) killed the Cavs inside (Anderson Varejao was sorely missed). On the other end, Cleveland shot a dismal...
Roy Hibbert scored 18 points and Lance Stephenson added a season-high 16 to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 99-89 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who lost their sixth straight game Friday night.
Hibbert didn't have to deal with injured Cavs center Anderson Varejao, the NBA's leading rebounder. Varejao missed his second game in a row with a bruised right knee.
Tip: 7:30PM Court: TD Garden Watch it: CSN Hear it: WEEI
Referees: Zach Zarba, Scott Bolnick, John Goble
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At Home: 8-4
On Road: 2-13
Streak: Lost 3
Streak: Lost 4
Buckets: Pierce (19.6 ppg)
Buckets: Kyrie Irving (23.7 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7...
This isnt getting any easier to type, but the Cavaliers just keep losing. Theyve now dropped five straight following Wednesdays loss in Boston -- and 10 of their last 11. Worse, Anderson Varejao is expected to miss Fridays home game against Indiana with a sore knee. Meanwhile, the gritty Pacers are finding a way to stay relevant without injured forward Danny Granger...
In an effort to give me an aneurysm, Doc Rivers decided to shuffle his starting lineup tonight to include the JET and Jason Collins. There was some speculation that Collins was garnering the start to try and slow down Anderson Varejao, but Varejao was held out of tonight’s game at the last minute so I proceeded to have a full-blown conniption at that point. But the Celtics beat...