INDEPENDENCE: Anderson Varejao missed practice again on Tuesday and will not play in Wednesday's home game against the Atlanta Hawks, marking the 11th consecutive game he has missed with what has been diagnosed as a bruised knee.
For the first time since Varejao was injured, coach Byron Scott referenced the rest of the season. Scott seemed more ominous today than usual when discussing Varejao, but when asked about it, he said that wasn't his intent.
"I'm still trying to be very optimistic that he'll be able to play, I just don't know when," Scott said. "I hope I'm not talking like it's long term or for the season, I'm still optimistic he'll be able to play this year until the doctors tell me something different."
Scott didn't provide many more details about the injury, but agreed that after missing 10 games, it's fair to assume it's more than just a bruise.
"But I'm not a doctor. I'm not going to speculate or even try to guess what it is," Scott said. "I'm just hoping that he gets healthy and that he can play. But right now my thoughts are with Andy. ... Forget basketball, I'm hoping he's OK. That's the biggest thing."
C.J. Miles also missed practice with back spasms suffered in Monday's loss at Chicago. Daniel Gibson was a full participant in practice, but has not been cleared from his concussion. That could come later today or tomorrow.