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Friday, February 10, 2012

Game 25: Bucks at Cavs

Quicken Loans Arena
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio

WHAT HAPPENED: It's easy to pin this on Cavs forward Antawn Jamison, who missed two free throws with 3.7 seconds left in regulation.

But the real blow was the wrist injury to Anderson Varejao. If he is forced to miss a number of games, it could be disastrous. The Cavs defense, especially on the interior, will suffer.

There was no word on whether he'll miss any (many?) games with the sprained right wrist. He left the arena wearing a brace. He didn't speak to the media.

They have other bigs to put in the game, but not at his level. I'm guessing Tristan Thompson will start at center if Varejao can't go.

The Bucks are dealing with injury problems in the middle. Andrew Bogut, a 7-foot center, is sidelined with a fractured left ankle. Former Cavs forward/center Drew Gooden has moved into Bogut's spot as starting center. He played three and a half seasons with the Cavs, including all 82 games during the 2004-05 season when he averaged a career-high 14.4 points and 9.2 rebounds.

He had 19 points on Friday, including six in overtime.

Say what you want about Gooden, but he puts up numbers. Ironically, the player who will be guarding him tonight - Anderson Varejao - came with him in a trade from Orlando on July 23, 2004. That was one of the best trades the Cavs ever made.

The Cavs will be without the services of rookie point guard Kyrie Irving, who is sidelined with a concussion. He'll be held out of Saturday's game as well.

That opens the door for another start for Ramon Sessions. He alternates between being really good and really bad in games. He made some terrible decisions (5 turnovers), but still dished out 16 assists.

The Cavs might have second thoughts about trading Sessions, judging by how he's playing. But he might be a luxury the Cavs can't afford to have right now. Few teams have that kind of quality depth at point guard.

The Cavs have so many holes elsewhere, if a team offers a first-round pick for Sessions, the Cavs almost have to take it.

As an aside, I have a new appreciation for Cavs forward/center Samardo Samuels, who knocked Clippers All-Star Blake Griffin on his rear end in Wednesday's game. It's about time someone on one of the Cleveland teams stood up for their own players.

UP NEXT: The Cavs host the Philadelphia 76ers at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena.

SF Omri Casspi (6-9, 225) vs. Carlos Delfino (6-6, 230)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Luke Mbah a Moute (6-8, 230)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 260) vs. Drew Gooden (6-10, 250)
SG Daniel Gibson (6-2, 200) vs. Shaun Livingston (6-7, 175)
PG Ramon Sessions (6-3, 190) vs. Brandon Jennings (6-1, 169) 
Cavs – G Anthony Parker, G Kyrie Irving 
Bucks - C Andrew Bogut

Tom Washington,  John Goble,  Olandis Poole


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