Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cavaliers will enter Wednesday’s game at home against the Atlanta Hawks an awful 8-28.
They have missed forward/center Andy Varejao for the last 10 games, and there’s still no word as to when he may reappear for this team.
He didn’t take the floor during practice Tuesday in Independence, and coach Byron Scott seemed to have little answers as to when fans may see him again.
“I haven’t talked to the medical people to find out if he’s doing better, or worse, or whatever the case may be,” Scott said. “They just told me he wasn’t going to be able to practice today.”
The concern over the missing Varejao has become more and more intense. With missing practice on Tuesday, it’s a for sure that he will miss his 11th game in a row Wednesday vs the Hawks.
You could truly sense frustration from Scott, who is missing a player that was having his best season of his career.
“I’m disappointed because he was having an All-Star type year,” Scott said. “I want him to play because of the player he is and what he means to this team.
“I’m more disappointed for him more than anybody, I know how hard he works, and how hard he plays.”
When Varejao went down in a December 18th loss to the Raptors at home, it looked as if he was only going to miss a couple of games.
Since then, it’s been a waiting game, and for the first time on Tuesday, Scott had to use the dreaded phrase that no Cavs fan wants to hear – “the rest of the season.”
“I’m still trying to be optimistic that he will be able to play, I just don’t know when,” Scott said. “I’m still optimistic he’ll be able to play again this year unless the doctors tell me something different.”
The season has already been a long one without Varejao, and now if this injury doesn’t heel anytime soon, it probably won’t get any better.