Varejao out for Cavaliers

7:08 PM, Dec 21, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao, the NBA's leading rebounder, is missing his second straight game with a bruised right knee.

Varejao was kept out of Friday night's game against Indiana and coach Byron Scott said the 6-foot-11 big man will likely rest Saturday night when Cleveland plays in Milwaukee.

The Cavs will try to end a five-game losing streak without Varejao against the Pacers, the league's top rebounding team. Varejao, averaging 14.4 rebounds per game, hurt his knee Tuesday night against Toronto.

He didn't play on Wednesday, when the Cavs lost in Boston. Scott doesn't want to take any chances with Varejao and said it's better for him to miss three games "than 33 games or 40."

Rookie Tyler Zeller will make his second start in a row for Varejao.

The Associated Press

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