When the Cleveland Cavaliers attempt to win their third straight game (and redeem themselves against the Sacramento Kings) they will be without two key members of their rotation.
Center Anderson Varejao and shooting guard C.J. Miles are both out versus the Kings due to injures. Varejao, who has been mostly healthy so far this season, will miss the game due to a back injury, while Miles will miss the game due to a foot injury.
Varejao (back) and Miles (foot ) out for #Cavs vs Kings on Tue
— M.S. Boyer/J. Valade (@PDcavsinsider) February 11, 2014
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) February 11, 2014
CJ Miles and Anderson Varejao both out tonight for #Cavs.
— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) February 11, 2014
Varejeo will be the bigger loss of the two here, as he’s done a little bit of everything for the Cavaliers this season. Although he has clearly lost a step, he’s become a killer from midrange and is passing well out of the post. He’s also performing admirably as a defensive anchor on a Cleveland team in need of one. For the season, Varejao is averaging 8.8 points and 10.3 rebounds in just over 30 minutes a game.
Miles, who was recently replaced by Jarrett Jack as the starting shooting guard, has had an up and down season so far. During his lone hot stretch, Miles set the franchise record for most threes in a game (10) and was playing some of the best basketball of his career. However, in most games since, Miles has been mostly forgettable and forgettable as he struggles to get shots in a crowded backcourt. For the season, Miles is averaging 10.3 points per game on 43.9 percent shooting.
Varejao’s injury will likely mean Tyler Zeller will start his fourth game of the season and Henry Sims will likely also see playing time. As a starter, Zeller is averaging 6.7 points and 4.7 rebounds. As more Miles, expect both Dion Waiters and Jarrett Jack see an uptick in minutes as a result of Miles’ absence.
Stay tuned to Right Down Euclid for more updates on Varejao, Miles and all things Cavaliers.