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Cavaliers’ Tyler Zeller had emergency appendectomy Friday

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Tyler Zeller didn’t play for the Cavaliers Friday night and at the time it was listed as due to the strained hip flexor that he has battled through camp.

But instead he was having an emergency appendectomy — having his appendix removed — tweets Cavaliers radio play-by-play announcer John Michael.

This is a common operation and the recovery time is a 3-4 weeks at most (so long as they got it before it ruptured, which they reportedly did). Zeller very well could be ready for the start of the season.

The appendix is a several inch long tube branching off the large intestine that can become filled with mucus, bacteria, or a host of other foreign bodies. When that happens there is a lot of pain but so long as it is caught and removed before it ruptures this is fairly simple as surgeries go (there are always risks).

The Cavaliers are likely to have Anderson Varejao as their starting center opening night with Zeller as his backup (Tristan Thompson and Anthony Bennett will play the four). Eventually they expect Andrew Bynum to get healthy and join that center rotation (stop snickering, they expect it to happen).

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.