According to Bob Finnan of the News-Herald, Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will not travel to Charlotte for the Cavalires game against the Bobcats on Friday due to a sore back. It will be the 12th consecutive game that Varejao has missed due to injury.
#Cavs center Anderson Varejao (sore back) didn’t make the trip to Charlotte. It will be the 12th consecutive game he’s missed.
— Bob Finnan (@BobCavsinsider) March 6, 2014
Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal wrote earlier today that Varejao was hoping to return for the Bobcats game, but it looks like the earliest he will return will be Saturday against the New York Knicks. Varejao’s last game came in the Cavaliers 91-83 overtime victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Varejao played 43 minutes in that game, pulled down 14 rebounds and scored four points. Those 43 minutes are his season high.
No update was given on guard C.J. Miles, who is still out with a left ankle sprain. A few days ago, it was noted that the swelling in his ankle still hadn’t gone down. Obviously, until that goes down and he can place weight on his ankle, we won’t see any of Miles on the court.
This latest setback doesn’t bode well for the rest of the season and beyond. With Spencer Hawes now in the fold, Varejao has likely lost his starting spot. And with his contract not fully guaranteed for next season, this might be his last stretch as a Cavalier – especially if the Cavaliers decide to re-sign Hawes this offseason.
Of course, this is all speculation. For all we know, Varejao will come back Saturday fully healthy and play out of his mind. I wouldn’t bet on that outcome, but you never know.