Last season Anderson Varejao played in 25 games, his health slowed by blood clots in his leg. He spent last season and most of this summer (except when he was getting married) working on getting healthy.
Which would be nice — 31 games is the most Varejao has played in a season the last three. When he’s gotten on the court he has played well (he had an All-Star level PER of 21.7 last season before the clots) but he hasn’t played much.
Cleveland could have a dangerous front line — if everyone is healthy. Andrew Bynum is on no discernable timetable. Anthony Bennett is playing 5-on-5 now and seems recovered, but he’s a rookie. The healthy bodies are Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller.
“My goal this season is just to stay healthy,” he said. “Everything else will come.’…
“I need to get rhythm back but it feels good,” he said. “I’m very happy. I’ve been testing my quad in those pick up games, setting a lot of screens, going up for offensive rebounds — that’s my game. It feels good. It feels, actually, great. I don’t even think about it any more, which is good.”
Varejao and Bynum, if both are healthy, could help each other out by splitting time at the five and taking the load off each other. But that’s a big if.
However, the Cavaliers’ playoff dreams could hinge on that if.
Boston’s Marcus Smart gets flopping warning from NBA
It happened on the game’s final play — you were probably focused elsewhere, wondering how Al Horford could miss the game-winning layup. But watch Smart as he gets in position for the rebound on that shot.
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott is expected to play at least two games in the NBA Development League as he comes back from a knee injury that kept him out of training camp and the first 18 games of the season.
Scott played 15 minutes for the Delaware 87ers in Tuesday night’s loss to the Santa Cruz Warriors. He scored four points on 2-of-7 shooting, missing all four of his attempts from 3-point range.
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer says the D-League is the best way for Scott to get “meaningful, competitive minutes” after undergoing a non-surgical procedure on his left knee.
Scott has played three games for Atlanta since his return. In 28 minutes, he has two points on 1-of-9 attempts, to go along with eight rebounds and six assists.
Watch Kyle O’Quinn throw alley-oop to Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony isn’t young anymore, but he had the bounce to go get this one.
These were your two best players for the Knicks in their win over Miami Tuesday. Kyle O'Quinn was forced into action earlier than expected when Joakim Noah went on a fouling spree in the third quarter, but O’Quinn played well in the role. ‘Melo dropped 35 on 27 shots — he’s not as efficient as he once was, but he can still get some buckets.
The Knicks picked up a needed win, because they play a back-to-back Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers and a ticked-off LeBron James (New York will pay the price for Phil Jackson’s “posse” comments with a motivated LeBron Wednesday).