Varejao was diagnosed recently with a blood clot in his right lung. The Cavs’ big man has been hospitalized since Thursday, limited to little outside of a regime of blood thinners. He’ll have to continue taking those blood thinners for the next three months, effectively ending his season.
“He’s frustrated; he wants to play, he wants to be with his teammates on the court,”(GM) Grant said. “But he’s such a good guy. Every time you see him he’s still got that big smile.
The Cavaliers, struggling mightily at 10-32, loses their leading rebounder. At 14.4 boards per game, Varejao was putting together an elite season on the boards for Cleveland.
General manager Chris Grant now has some decisions to make. Though there has been some chatter about Greg Oden as a possibility for several teams, Cleveland seems to be content with continuing to bring along young Tyler Zeller.
Zeller’s season stats now stand at 8.3 ppg and 6 rpg. He’s also averaging 1 bpg, accounting for at least some of the interior presence Varejao provided on a nightly basis. Before going down to injury, the big Brazilian boasted a line of 14.1 ppg and 14.4 rpg, his best season by far.
[H/T Mohamed Abdihakim is a journalism student at Florida Atlantic University. He is a Phoenix Suns fan, who is not prepared for the possibility of Nash winning a title in a Lakers jersey. Mohamed is also an editor at Hoops Nation and contributes to Les Snobs. Interests include International basketball, Mad Men, and blues music. Nearly all stats are credited to Hoopdata or Basketball-Reference.
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