April 19, 2014

NBA News: Anderson Varejao ruled out for weekend

Tristan Thompson has a solid chance to obtain a fifth- and sixth-straight double-double as the Cavaliers have ruled Anderson Varejao out for the remainder of the weekend with a bruised knee.

The Cavaliers will host the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night before traveling to Brooklyn to face the new-look Nets on Saturday. They have won two-straight games for the first time this season and continue to hold their All-Star hopeful out as a precaution. Varejao injured his knee in the team’s December 18 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

“I don’t think the injury is more serious [than initially believed," said head coach Byron Scott during Friday morning's shootaround. "The spot where he got hit is such a tender area that it is just taking more time to heal than we thought."

In Varejao's absence, the team has been starting rookie center Tyler Zeller alongside the 6-foot-9-inch Thompson who has averaged 10.5 points, 12.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots. Samardo Samuels, a player who has subbed in both center and power forward positions, has been assigned to the NBDL's Canton Charge.

[Related: The two faces of Tyler Zeller]

  • saggy

    I think this is the best point that can be made about trading Varejao. The time is now, while he can still play. this guy won’t be contributing in 3 years time – he’ll be injured or retired by then. I love the guy but the time is NOW.

  • Todd

    Trade da man

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I agree