Anderson Varejao quiet in 16 minutes vs. Raps (Dec 9 12:00 ET )
Anderson Varejao was quiet in 16 foul-plagued minutes during Tuesday's home win, finishing with eight points, six rebounds, one assist and one block.
The Scoop: Tristan Thompson (34 minutes) has been playing well off the Cavs' bench, and for now coach David Blatt seems comfortable keeping AV in the starting lineup. He's been held to single-digit scoring in five straight games and doesn't contribute much beyond FG percentage and rebounds, yet he's still returning top-100 value in nine-cat leagues.
Anderson Varejao returned from his rib injury to start Tuesday's game, finishing with eight points, eight rebounds, one assist and two steals in a home victory vs. Milwaukee.
The Scoop:Tristan Thompson headed back to the bench where he had six points, three rebounds and one block in 26 minutes. Varejao played 27 minutes and coach David Blatt seems content to keep AV as a starter indefinitely. He's been a steady top-100 value all season (9-cat) and fantasy owners should feel confident using him for help with rebounding, blocks and FG percentage.
The Scoop:Varejao's return to the starting lineup will send Tristan Thompson back to the bench, making him a difficult player to own in standard leagues. Varejao has a favorable matchup tonight against the Bucks, so owners looking for some rebounds and blocks can go ahead and get him active.
The Scoop:He missed Saturday due to a rib contusion and it allowed Tristan Thompson to play big minutes with a double-double. Varejao and Thompson are risky plays this week and Thompson is more of a stash in deep leagues.
The Scoop:"He played a lot minutes which he has not done up to this point," coach Blatt said. "He took the challenge, took responsibility and really gave us a great game. In my mind, [he was] sort of the unsung hero of the night certainly." Varejao (rib contusion) is expected to be back soon, but any time he misses a game Thompson will have a chance to do this again. Thompson is worth a look for owners in need of a short-term boost, but he will be more of a deep league asset unless Varejao has a setback or Kevin Love goes down.
The Scoop:He was questionable for the game and went through a full practice this morning. Varejao has suffered a lot of injuries in his career and perhaps that factored into sitting him out. He shouldn't miss much time and we expect him to be ready for Tuesday. Tristan Thompson is an option as a plug-and-play tonight.
The Scoop:He did not practice on Friday, but this injury doesn't sound too serious. Of course, Varejao has missed a lot of games in his career and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him miss time. If he does, Tristan Thompson would likely start while the Cavs could get Brendan Haywood in the mix.
With the Cleveland Cavaliers riding a four-game losing streak and sitting two games under .500 in an uneven start to a season many expected to result in a championship, LeBron James made headlines Monday by summing up his team's troubles in two words: "I stink." He then went about the business of righting the ship by proving himself a liar, much to the chagrin of the visiting Orlando Magic: [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] James grabbed control of Monday's contest at Quicken Loans Arena, repeatedly attacking the basket and either scoring or notching the assist on the Cavs' first 17 points, pacing Cleveland to a 10-point lead after 12 minutes. After a rest on the bench that saw the Cavs' reserves extend the lead, James brought more of the same in the second quarter, setting up a pair of Kevin Love jumpers and a Shawn Marion 3-pointer that pushed the advantage to 19, and capping the first half's scoring with a foul-line fadeaway over a too-small Evan Fournier, giving him 22 points on 12 shots and seven assists by intermission. A pair of LeBron free throws following a clear path foul midway through the third put Cleveland up 20; Orlando never got closer, as the Cavs' second unit finished off a 106-74 rout that, for the moment, quieted talk of fragility , challenges and, of course, stench. Just as he instantly took responsibility for the game-sealing turnover that capped last week's loss to the San Antonio Spurs, James viewed Monday's meeting with the Magic as an opportunity to show a more vocal and proactive form of leadership amid turmoil than he modeled earlier this season , and the result was a comfortable victory. From The Associated Press : "I'm my biggest critic," James said. "I wasn't happy with my play the last week. No one puts any more pressure on me than myself. You go out and you just don't talk about it, you show it too." Cavaliers coach David Blatt wasn't surprised that James followed his self-criticism with a strong game. "His influence is widespread," Blatt said. "The things that he does and the way he plays the game and the impact he has on those around him is consequential in every respect. He can impact in every way. He did that and obviously everyone followed." James finished with 29 points on 9-for-17 shooting, 11 assists against just one turnover, four rebounds and three steals in 31 minutes of play through three quarters before resting for the entire final frame. Anderson Varejao (14 points, six rebounds, two assists, two blocks), Kevin Love (12 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals) and Kyrie Irving (12 points, four assists, four steals, no turnovers) offered plenty of support in a get-well win that saw the Cavs hold the 6-10 Magic to just 36.3 percent shooting and score 25 points off 18 Orlando turnovers. Blatt called the skid-snapping win "a good small step," but the still-getting-acclimated-to-his-new-gig coach knows that blowing out a likely lottery squad that's flirting with bottom-third-of-the-league rankings in offensive and defensive efficiency — and that was without injured second-leading scorer Tobias Harris — doesn't necessarily prove the Cavs are on the right track. Still, with the Cavs struggling to string together consistent performances at this early stage of their development, the component parts of Monday's win — better ball movement, more committed and active defense, and, perhaps more importantly than anything else, LeBron playing very hard from the opening tip with the expectation that his teammates would rise to his level — are the kinds of things James and company can build on, and the ingredients for a sweeter-smelling, more reliably excellent brand of ball. "A win always makes things feel better," James said after the game, according to Chris Fedor of Northeast Ohio Media Group . "But we still have a lot of work to do. Tomorrow we'll see some of the things we did well, see some of the things that we didn't do so well and we can work on it. It's a good start." Well, it sure doesn't stink, at least. Video via Dawk Ins . More NBA coverage: - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
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