Anderson Varejao
Report: Cavs likely to start Varejao over Thompson
Anderson Varejao, C, CLE
News: Early speculation that Tristan Thompson would start at center for the Cavaliers and energetic teammate Anderson Varejao would come off the bench has been refuted by the News Herald, which is claiming that the latter is all but set to start.

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.


Andrea Bargnani
Knicks C Bargnani admits to MRI, declines to reveal results
Andrea Bargnani, C, NY
News: Knicks center Andrea Bargnani declined to reveal the results of an MRI on his injured hamstring despite acknowledging that it took place, per the New York Post.

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.


Jared Sullinger
Celtics' Jared Sullinger goes off Wednesday
Jared Sullinger, C, BOS
News: Celtics center Jared Sullinger went off Wednesday against the Nets.

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. 


Lucas Nogueira
Raptors center Lucas Nogueira to return Wednesday
Lucas Nogueira, C, TOR
News: Raptors center Lucas Nogueira will play Wednesday, according to the National Post

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. 


Zaza Pachulia
Bucks center Zaza Pachulia sitting Wednesday
Zaza Pachulia, C, MIL
News: Bucks center Zaza Pachulia will sit Wednesday.

Pachulia is still dealing with a hamstring injury, and will be held out of action. He left Friday's game due to the issue. 


Dwight Howard
Rockets center Dwight Howard to get the night off
Dwight Howard, C, HOU
News: Rockets center Dwight Howard will get the night off Wednesday, according to the Orlando Sentinel

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. 


Joakim Noah
Bulls C Noah: Knee won't keep me from playing big minutes
Joakim Noah, C, CHI
News: Bulls veteran center Joakim Noah has declared himself up for extended minutes this season despite coming off knee surgery, per the Chicago Tribune. Noah, however, is still working to "get more strength" in his leg.

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.


Alex Kirk
Blatt to evaluate pair Wednesday with spots up for grabs
Alex Kirk, C, CLE
News: David Blatt will use the Wednesday night preseason finale against Memphis to evaluate players on the fringe of roster inclusion. Among them are Cavaliers guard A.J. Price and rookie center Alex Kirk.

"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.


Chris Kaman
Weird accident results in stitches in head for Blazers C Kaman
Chris Kaman, C, POR
News: The availability of Trail Blazers center Chris Kaman for the Wednesday game against the host Lakers is in question after he suffered a head laceration in a bizarre accident Tuesday night.

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.


Enes Kanter
Jazz C Enes Kanter explodes for 27 points in preseason win Tuesday
Enes Kanter, C, UTA
News: Jazz center Enes Kanter scored a team-high 27 points on 12-of-17 shooting, including 2-for-2 shooting from downtown, while recording seven rebounds, three assists and one block in his team's 105-91 preseason win over the Thunder Tuesday.

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.


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