Reporting Matt Loede
INDEPENDENCE, OH (92.3 The Fan) - The Cavs will take the floor for the first time in 2013 tonight vs the Sacramento Kings at home, and as it usually seems, will do it shorthanded.
Coach Byron Scott announced today that forward/center Andy Varejao as well as guard Daniel Gibson will not take the floor tonight.
Varejao continues out with his right knee contusion, which after tonight will cost him the past seven Cavs games.
“He went through the up and down stuff this morning, didn’t go through any contact, which we don’t have much contact on gameday anyway, yesterday was the same, just kind of went up and down, did some individual stuff,” Scott said.
As for Gibson, he received a nasty concussion Friday night in the teams loss to the Atlanta Hawks, and has yet to get cleared to play by the NBA.
“He’s still going through the same protocol, he’s been cleared to get on the floor and get up some shots, but don’t know if he will be upgraded to go 5-on-5 in practice tomorrow, we will have to see,” Scott said.
The Cavs at 7-25 hope to get off to a fast start vs the Kings, who come into the matchup at 11-20, but are just 1-13 on the road this season.
The two teams will meet again when the Cavs head out west for the second time this season on Monday, January 14th.