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Anderson Varejao injury: Cavs center won't make trip to Milwaukee

The Cavaliers center will remain back in Cleveland to get treated for a bruised right knee.

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao did not travel with the team to Milwaukee for its Saturday night matchup with the Bucks and instead remained in Cleveland to get treatment on his bruised right knee, the AP's Tom Withers reported via Twitter.

Varejao injured his knee Tuesday against the Toronto Raptors in a first-quarter collision with Ryan Hollins. Varejao returned in the second quarter en route to a 22-point, 10-rebound performance, but he had to sit out Wednesday's loss to the Celtics and Friday's loss to the Pacers.

The Cavs don't play again until Wednesday, so coach Byron Scott is ensuring his big man has plenty of time to heal up by not playing him against the Bucks.

In Varejao's place, rookie Tyler Zeller will make his third straight start against the Bucks. Zeller scored 20 points in his first career start against the Celtics and followed that up with 12 points against the Pacers.

Varejao is averaging 14.1 points and and league-best 14.4 rebounds per game for the Cavs.

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