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Varejao out indefinitely with fractured wrist

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 11, 2012

Anderson Varejao has a non-displaced fracture in his right hand and will be sidelined indefinitely. While no timetable has been given for his return, it will be a matter of weeks, not days.

Varejao had his right hand hit early in the third quarter of Friday's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. X-rays taken Friday were negative, but an MRI on Saturday revealed the break.

The Cavs will start Semih Erden at center tonight, although coach Byron Scott wouldn't commit to him beyond tonight. Ryan Hollins and Samardo Samuels will also get time there.

"Those three guys have to be ready. It's going to be hard to make up for everything Andy does," Scott said. "One guy is not going to be able to do it. All those guys will have to take turns trying to fulfill that spot and that's going to be hard."

Scott replaced Varejao with rookie Tristan Thompson following the injury Friday night and Thompson played the final 26 minutes without a break. But Scott said he never really considered starting Thompson because Friday was his first game back from an ankle injury.

"I didn't really think of starting him at all. My first thought was Semih," Scott said. "I just want to keep (Thompson) coming off the bench for right now. I want him to get a little more entrenched in what we're doing. He missed awhile. I want him to get a couple more practices and get his timing back."


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