Both players have performed well in the preseason. Varejao however, is a favorite of LeBron James, who praised the Brazilian upon his return to Cleveland from Miami.
"He's the same Andy," James said. "If you ask him to run through six walls, he'll run through seven. He'll fight for every loose ball. He'll dive on the floor. He'll set screens. He'll help you out when you get knocked down. If any altercation happens, Andy will be right there. We just need him to stay healthy."
There's the rub. Varejao has lost 166 games to injury over the last four years. That constitutes more than half the games during that stretch.Analysis:
That Bargnani had an MRI shows, however, that the hamstring has yet to fully heal and could result in him missing the regular season opener next Wednesday against visiting Chicago. He has been sidelined since the first preseason game.Analysis:
Sullinger scored 15 points and managed 17 rebounds during the contest. He was particularly active on the defensive side, picking up 15 of his 17 rebounds on that side of the floor. Sullinger played for 25 minutes.Analysis:
Nogueira has been sidelined with a groin issue, but is ready to come back. He has yet to play this preseason due to the injury.Analysis:
Pachulia is still dealing with a hamstring injury, and will be held out of action. He left Friday's game due to the issue.Analysis:
Howard played Tuesday night, and the team doesn't want him to go back-to-back games just yet. Howard has dealt with some knee issues in camp, but has shown improvement lately. The club is probably just being cautious in order to keep Howard healthy for the regular season.Analysis:
The presence of fellow big men Pau Gasol and Taj Gibson will allow the Bulls to limit Noah's minutes until he can handle a full workload. Noah will wear a knee brace throughout the season.Analysis:
"We're going to see how the game develops, but I would like to see these guys on the floor a little bit," Blatt told the Northeast Ohio Media Group.
Price has excelled, particularly with his outside shooting, while Kirk has also been a pleasant surprise.Analysis:
Kaman received three stitches after being inadvertently bitten by Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov. Kaman backed into Mozgov while attempting to box him out, but as the former pushed the latter, Mozgov fell on Kaman's back and chomped on his head with his teeth.
"I went back pretty hard and I must've hit him in the chest," Kaman explained to The Oregonian. "He kind of folded over and his teeth went down on my head."
Kaman became bloodied and was pulled from the game.Analysis:
Kanter played 29 minutes en route to his best performance of the preseason, as all five starters logged at least 28 minutes of action in the win. Kanter has a chance to build upon his career-best performance last season, in which he averaged 12.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. The Jazz open the regular season at home against the Rockets on Oct. 29.Analysis: