Anderson Varejao will not make the flight to Chicago after breaking a bone in his cheek in Wednesday's loss at Charlotte. Varejao was hit in the face by former Cav DeSagana Diop. In addition, guards Mo Williams and Daniel Gibson are both questionable and will be re-evaluated in the morning.
No one seemed to notice or pay much attention to Varejao's injury at the time. In fact, coach Byron Scott had to rewind the tape a few times just to even see the incident. But Varejao's face swelled up on the flight home and he will not make the trip to Chicago. He will also miss Sunday's game against Dallas. Varejao will be fitted with a mask, but it's unknown yet when he can return. Scott laughed when he was asked how much the Cavs will miss Varejao's defensive presence.
"A whole lot is not saying enough," he said. "He’s the anchor of our defense, he’s our emotional leader. He plays as hard as anybody in this league. He’s playing at an All-Star caliber. We’re missing all those elements when he’s not in the game."
Williams (hip) and Gibson (leg) did not practice today, but got a few shots up. In the event they can't play tomorrow, Ramon Sessions would start for Williams and Manny Harris would again start in place of Gibson.
"There's a possibility we'll have 60 percent of our starting lineup out of the lineup going against one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference,'' Scott said. "So we'll see what happens."
The Cavs just can't catch a break. Losers of 15 of their last 16, the only thing separating the Cavs from their first winless month (minimum 10 games) in nearly 30 years is the victory over the Knicks. As it is, the Cavs' 1-14 mark in December is the club's worst since they went 1-15 in November 2002.
"We’re glad that 2010 is over with, even though 2011 isn’t starting out good. It can’t get…" Scott said, before cutting himself off. "I take that back. It’s got to get better. That’s how we’re looking at it. It’s going to get better."