When it Rains it Pours: Gibson and Powe Out, AP and Andy Questionable

In the same regard of not having a lot of wiggle room to make mistakes, if the Cleveland Cavaliers hope to win basketball games, they will also need to stay healthy.

Per the team, the infirmary list in Cleveland Clinic courts has grown by leaps and bounds after four additional injuries have occurred in the past two days.

On Wednesday night, the team would not have Anthony Parker due to a back strain suffered earlier in the day.  During the game against the Toronto Raptors, the Cavaliers lost Daniel Gibson to a left ankle strain and Leon Powe to a right knee contusion.  Neither returned to the game nor traveled with the team on their current five-game road trip out west.

To make matters a bit worse (as if they could getworse), Anderson Varejao suffered  a right ankle strain during Thursday’s practice, confirmed by MRI, and is questionable for Friday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors who are already favored by 9.5 points.

Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott started out 2011 with injuries to starters Mo Williams, Daniel Gibson and Anderson Varejao, with the latter two player suffering different injuries than a week ago.  In Varejao’s absence, Scott started Powe with occasional run at the center spot given to JJ Hickson and Ryan Hollins.  Hickson was recently punished for missing a team practice, but may now be the recipient of additional playing time by chance rather than by Byron Scott’s choice.

Prior to their injuries, both Gibson and Varejao were playing excellent basketball despite the Cavaliers losses continuing to compound.  For the month of December, Varejao averaged 9.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.5 blocked shots and 1.1 steals per game while Gibson averaged 14.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.7 three-pointers per game.

While both players have earned plenty of praise over the last month, prior to his bout with injuries, Scott said Varejao was playing at an All-Star caliber level.

“You guys have to probably tell me who’s the so-called best center in the league right now because I think Andy’s up there,” said Scott. “I don’t think he gets enough credit for how hard he plays and the things he’s been able to do for us. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to combine his effort with wins right now. There’s not a guy in the league right now that’s playing better, so I think he needs to know that. Right now he should be on that All-Star ballot as one of the top guys in the league, my opinion. I’m biased.”

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Lyon

    The reason Andy won’t get All Star consideration is because he only scores 10 ppg. And most of those come off of drive & dishes or offensive rebounds. He hardly creates his own shot. I think that’s the main reason he’d get overlooked.

    He’s obviously not as good as DHo & last I saw, Hibbert was becoming a good Center, so it’s hard to say Andy deserves to be an All Star with those 2 ahead of him at the C spot.

    But I still love having him on the team & hopefully he and the others can stop getting hurt. It’s no fun watching guys who wouldn’t get much playing time on good teams end up starting for us.

  • sealedhuman

    I hope Chris Grant is exploring some trade options. At this rate, all of our trade assets will be injured and drop their productivity before the deadline.

  • Harv 21

    Uh-oh, inevitable that these injuries will send the Cavs into a skid.

    /hates all caps

  • Tommy


    I disagree. I may be crazy but I’m actually a little more excited to catch tonight’s game, because I know I’ll get to see Sessions, Eyenga, Harris, Hickson and maybe even Samuels get big minutes. I’d much rather watch the fresh young blood and imagine their roles on a Cavs contending team.

    As much as I love watching Andy and Mo, they most likely won’t be around when that happens, and sometimes they just remind me of a bygone era of Cavs basketball.

    Plus its against the Warriors… Don Nelson or not, this will be a high scoring affair.

  • Lyon

    Tommy… I like watching Eyenga, Harris & Hickson as well. However, when we’re starting Harris, Gee & Powe, it’s not going to be a good game, therefore no matter how well one of the youngsters play, it won’t be much fun.

    I’m more referring to Powe & Hollins playing major minutes than anyone. Love Powe, but when you expect him to play C major minutes you’re in trouble. Especially when you have Hollins as his sub.

    Now if Samuels could get some good playing time, then it’d make it a lil bit more enjoyable.

  • Jackson

    Which will happen first: a Cavs win or Indians win (spring training counts)

  • VooDoo

    More ping pong balls for you!!!!