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- Cavaliers starting center Anderson Varejao will miss tonight’s game with a right knee contusion he suffered in the first quarter Monday night against the Clippers. Rookie backup center Tyler Zeller is also out with a non-displaced fracture of his cheek bone and a concussion from Monday’s game. “Two of our big men, Tyler and Andy go down, so that makes it real tough,” Cavs coach Byron Scott said. “But what can you do. Next guys step up and be ready to play. We always talk about opportunities. Here it is.” Samardo Samuels will start for Varejao.
- Zeller was injured when he took an elbow from center DeAndre Jordan. Initial X-rays were negative, but a CT scan Tuesday revealed the fracture. Zeller returned Wednesday to Cleveland. He scored a season-high 15 points Monday and is averaging 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. He’s out indefinitely. Scott said he hopes too have Varejao back on Friday at Phoenix. “He got kicked or something,” Scott said of Varejao, who is averaging 14.0 points and 15.0 rebounds. ”He just played through it. With the adrenaline and everything and being warm and all that he was able to kind of go through it. But after the game, coming here, it swelled up. The swelling’s gone down a little bit but he said it was bothering him, he could really feel it.”
- Warriors starting power forward David Lee and backup guard Jarrett Jack missed Wednesday’s shootaround with flu-like symptoms, but they’re on the active roster for tonight’s game. “I had a rough day yesterday, but it’s important to my team to be out there and give it a go,” said Lee, who acknowledged that he’s not 100 percent healthy. “It’s going around,” he said of the flu. “We got some coaches with it.”
– Eric Gilmore