Anderson Varejao felt great to be back at practice and among his teammates. Whether or not he plays in tomorrow night's preseason game against the Spurs in Pittsburgh won't be decided until after tomorrow morning's practice. Yes, practice. Just as he has done before, Byron Scott is planning on putting the players through another rigorous practice only hours before they play a game.
Varejao admits his ankle is still sore and not 100 percent. Given that, I'd be surprised if Scott played him, seeing how he is stressing that he doesn't want Mo Williams back until his groin injury is 100 percent healed.
Speaking of Williams, he participated in his first full practice with the team today. Scott has ruled out playing him tomorrow, though. He wants Williams to get some more practice time in and he wants that groin to get another few days to heal. But it certainly looks as if Mo will make it back to at least play in the final preseason game next week, if not before.
* Roster cuts will be coming either later today or tomorrow. Manny Harris won't be among them. Scott said Harris showed enough during the two games in Texas, scoring 14 points in each, that he'll hang around for at least a few more days. If he keeps playing like this, Harris might force his way onto the roster.
* Scott has maintained all along he doesn't care much about the wins and losses during the preseason. Still, the Cavaliers are 3-1 entering tomorrow night. "You're still trying to get an identity as a basketball team. We're learning a whole new system, but for us to be 3-1 is a good thing. Our guys are feeling pretty good about the way they've been playing on both ends of the floor. To be 3-1 and win the last two games with the lineups I've had on the floor in the fourth quarter, I think it says a lot about our guys. They put in a lot of effort in practice and they've done a hell of a job going out every day and giving me 110 percent. It's shown the last two games."
* Joe Tait remains hospitalized in Houston with pneumonia.