Tag: Anderson Varejao

Atlanta Hawks v Cleveland Cavaliers- Game Four

Anderson Varejao, despite report, won’t play in NBA Finals


There was a report the Cavaliers could activate Anderson Varejao – who tore his Achilles in December – in the NBA Finals if necessary.

Not happening.

Not even if Timofey Mozgov or Tristan Thompson gets hurt.

Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:

Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will not play in the 2015 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, a team official told Northeast Ohio Media Group on Friday.

Varejao is still recovering from a left Achilles tear he suffered in December. At this juncture, he hasn’t even been cleared to run.

If they needed to rely on a hobbled Varejao against the Warriors, the Cavaliers would have been in deep trouble, anyway.

Report: Cavaliers could activate Anderson Varejao in NBA Finals if necessary

Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers - Game One

The Cavaliers are down a couple big men, Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao.

That leaves Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov starting with little-used Kendrick Perkins and Brendan Haywood as the only healthy natural power forwards or centers in reserve. LeBron James and Shawn Marion can play down, and even James Jones, Mike Miller and Iman Shumpert can in funky lineups.

But Cleveland doesn’t want to be forced into going small too often.

What happens if Thompson or Mozgov gets hurt?

ESPN Cleveland:

Varejao was slated to miss the entire season with an Achilles tear. If the Cavs need him, they’re probably in trouble.

But once they’re in trouble, activating Varejao very well could become the best way to handle it.

LeBron James: ‘I couldn’t foresee us being in The Finals at the beginning of the season’

LeBron James

The Cavaliers have made it to the NBA Finals, just as many expected the moment that LeBron James announced his return, and the deal to acquire Kevin Love via trade had been completed.

But James himself had his doubts.

LeBron was careful not to make the same elaborate championship promises that he did when leaving Cleveland the first time to join the Miami Heat. He was coming into a completely new situation, with a rookie NBA head coach and young players like Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters who, along with Love, had never experienced the postseason.

After the sweep of the Hawks was complete, and James had time to reflect on the accomplishment, he admitted that getting to the Finals in his first season with this club was something he never envisioned.

“To be at this point tonight sitting up here talking to you guys, like I said, it’s very emotional,” James said at the postgame podium. “Could I foresee this? At the beginning of the season, I couldn’t. I couldn’t foresee us being in The Finals at the beginning of the season because I just knew that we just had to get better and I just saw how young we were and how young‑minded we were at that point in time. But I knew I had to lead these guys, and if they just followed my leadership, I knew I could get them to a place where they haven’t been before.”

Look at all that’s happened since James signed on:

– Anderson Varejao was lost for the season due to injury.

– Dion Waiters was traded out of town.

– J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Timofey Mozgov were added via midseason trades.

– Kevin Love was lost for the remainder of the season in the first round of the playoffs.

– J.R. Smith was suspended for the first two games of the second round.

– Kyrie Irving missed two Conference Finals games with a knee injury — both of which were Cavaliers victories.

And there’s probably even more that could be mentioned.

James was right to doubt whether or not his goal could be accomplished with the team he joined in July. But the one that remains standing and will play in the Finals in June should be more than capable of competing with whoever comes out of the Western Conference.

PBT First-Round Playoff Previews: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers


Cleveland Cavaliers: 53-29

Boston Celtics: 40-42


Cleveland Cavaliers: Anderson Varejao is out for the season.

Boston Celtics: none

OFFENSE/DEFENSE RANKINGS (points per 100 possession)

Cleveland Cavaliers: Offense 107.7 (4th in NBA), Defense 104.1 (20th in NBA)

Boston Celtics: Offense 101.7 (20th in NBA), Defense 102.1 (14th in NBA)


1) Will the Cavaliers remain cohesive?

Remember that time Kevin Love visited Boston last summer? You can bet people covering this series do, especially because the Celtics are still reportedly interested in Love if he opts out this summer.

Questions about Love’s fit have fallen by the wayside as the Cavaliers have surged since acquiring Timofey Mozgov, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert. But if the Celtics challenge Cleveland, expect the issue to reemerge – maybe even internally.

It’s not enough for the Cavaliers to beat Boston. They have to keep their good feelings going in later rounds, and given the fragility Cleveland showed earlier in the season, that might require a quick series.

If this drags out, that’s just more for the Cavaliers to ponder what’s going wrong – because for this to drag out, something must go wrong. They’re clearly the better team.

2) Which first-time playoff coach learns the nuances most quickly?

David Blatt had a storied overseas career, and Brad Stevens turned Butler into a national power.

But an NBA playoff series – with game-to-game adjustments against the same team four to seven times – is a new experience for both.

Stevens had a head start on the NBA game, coaching the Celtics to the lottery last year. He says he’s watched plenty of playoff basketball and has a sense how to handle it.

Blatt, an NBA rookie, has improved throughout the season – just as you’d expect a rookie to do. Stevens went through it last year, though Blatt’s learning period has been higher-profile (and probably more poorly handled).

My money is on Stevens holding the edge, but…

3) LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love

This isn’t even a question. The Cavaliers have the three best players in this series.

Heck, Tristan Thompson posted more win shares than any Celtic this season.

The talent gap here is wide, and Boston isn’t deep enough to erase the gap. Stars matter.


The Celtics play hard and are well-coached, and it’s a fantastic accomplishment they made the playoffs.

But they just don’t have the talent to win four games unless Cleveland completely collapses. The way the Cavaliers have played lately, I don’t see that happening, and the only real debate was whether Boston would steal a game or not.

Cavaliers in 5

Chris Bosh should resume basketball activities in September, Heat announce

Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

Considering the potential danger, this is good news:

Chris Bosh should be back playing basketball next season.

Bosh is out for the rest of this season after doctors discovered blood clots on his lungs. He has been undergoing treatment, and the Heat doctors released this statement on Monday.

Chris Bosh will be re-evaluated this month, and if cleared, may begin regular exercise at that time with plans to start strength training next month. He is scheduled to resume full basketball activities in September.

NBA training camps usually open in early October. Based on other athletes who have had this same condition — such as the Cavaliers’ Anderson Varejao — this should not impact Bosh’s game when he does return.

Bosh was having an All-Star season, averaging 21.1 points and seven rebounds a game. The Heat have struggled since he went down.

Speaking to the media Monday, Bosh said he was never afraid and always thought he’d be back on the court, as reported by Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel.

“I knew I was going to play basketball again,” he said….

“I’m making sure that I stay patient and not getting too ahead of myself,” he said. “I’ve come to appreciate everything about basketball. It’s something that I love and will love forever.”

For now he’s just home, spending more time with his family and trying to get healthy, he said.