BEREA: The Cavaliers canceled their annual Wine & Gold scrimmage with 6:10 left in the third quarter Saturday due to a slick floor. Tyler Zeller strained his left hip when he slipped and fell following a free throw from Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao landed on top of him.
Zeller stayed down momentarily, but eventually limped off holding his left hip. He is listed as day to day, but the injury isn't considered serious and he is hopeful he'll be able to practice on Monday. The Cavs are taking Sunday off. (Video of the pileup can be seen here.)
"Normally I’ve always been one to pop up quick, but that one scared me,” Zeller said. “You always hear about knee injuries and all that. I knew from the way my knee was bending it wasn’t supposed to be over there.”
Coach Mike Brown immediately called the rest of the game because the humidity in the gym was making it difficult to keep the floor dry.
“It was warm in there and you could tell from the beginning that the floor was a little moist,” Brown said. “All it took was that for me to say, ‘Oh my gosh, no more.’”
Kyrie Irving had 17 points in the scrimmage and Zeller had 13 points and four rebounds. Brown paired Irving and Varejao with Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson, who are expected to comprise four-fifths of the starting lineup. Alonzo Gee started with that quartet for the first half, then Earl Clark played with the starters in the abbreviated third quarter.
Anthony Bennett, Clark, Tyler Zeller, C.J. Miles and Jarrett Jack started for the Gold team. Bennett, the top overall pick in last summer's draft, looked exhausted after only a couple of trips down the floor.
He missed most of the summer recovering from shoulder surgery and the Cavs went through a workout prior to the scrimmage, but Bennett was hunched over with his hands on his knees less than four minutes into the scrimmage.
He has insisted since camp opened his weight isn't an issue, but Saturday's scrimmage proved it probably is. He'll likely need to shed some weight prior to the start of the season.
The annual scrimmage was closed to the public for the first time this season. Only military members and their families were ticketed for the event, which was held on the campus of Baldwni-Wallace.