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Varejao Out At Least Two Games

Anderson Varejao will miss Cleveland's next two games with a broken cheekbone.

Varejao got hurt during Wednesday's loss at Charlotte and his face swelled up on the flight back home.

He will not travel with the team to Chicago for Saturday's game and will also miss Sunday's home game against the Mavericks.

Varejao will wear a mask when he returns.

Via ESPN

Iguodala To Miss Next Five Games

The 76ers will be without Andre Iguodala for five games as he recovers from Achilles tendonitis.

Iguodala won't resume on-court activity until Jan. 10.

He has been dealing with the injury for a majority of the season.

The earliest he will return to the court will be Jan. 11 against the Pacers.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Nowitzki May Not Play This Weekend

There is a chance the Mavericks will be without Dirk Nowitzki this weekend.

Nowitzki will travel with the team to Milwaukee and Cleveland, but his return from a knee injury is questionable.

He has missed two games with a sprained right knee.

"It's already better than it was two days ago, but it wasn't good enough to play today," Nowitzki said Thursday night.

"I would have loved to have been out here in front of this crowd, but unfortunately it didn't work. Maybe this weekend, maybe early next week, that's what I'm looking at."

Dallas is 0-2 without Nowitzki.

"Dirk is smart about his body," owner Mark Cuban said. "He'll let us know. The MRIs will let us know. The doctors know what's at stake, so I'm not worried about it. We have a great medical staff, we have a great training staff. We'll do the right thing."

Via ESPN

Blazers, Roy Consider Ending His Season

The Trail Blazers continue to discuss the possibility of shutting down Brandon Roy for the remainder of the season, two sources told Ken Berger of CBS Sports.

Portland issued a press release on Thursday announcing that Roy would be out indefinitely.

He has missed the team's last seven games and their .500 record has come into play with the decision.

Roy said Thursday that surgery was under consideration and confirmed that sitting out the rest of the season was a possibility.

"It would not surprise me to see him try to play again," one of the sources familiar with the team's strategy said.

"It would not surprise me to see him set a date when he wants to try to play. And it would not surprise me if he doesn't play again this season. ... At this point, anything is a possibility. The doctors and Brandon are ultimately going to make that decision."

Via Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Chuck Hayes Will Miss 2-4 Weeks

The Rockets will be without Chuck Hayes for two-to-four weeks after he sprained his right ankle in practice Thursday.

Hayes had an MRI and an X-ray that showed a "moderate to severe" sprain, according to the team.

He has started 20 games at center in place of the injured Yao Ming, averaging six points, 5.9 rebounds and 21.5 minutes.

Houston is expected to replace him in the starting lineup with either Brad Miller or Jordan Hill.

Via ESPN

Bynum 'Feels Good,' Will Remain In Starting Lineup

Andrew Bynum started for the Lakers on Wednesday night for the first time since his return from offseason knee surgery.

Los Angeles beat New Orleans 103-88, snapping a three-game losing streak.

"We knew we were gonna have to make this move eventually, getting Drew out there on the floor," explained coach Phil Jackson. "It was going to take a little bit of a experimental stage, a "getting to know you" stage again. Fortunately, we came through it with flying colors. I thought it would be much more clumsy than it happened to be. So we're happy with that."

Bynum received some therapy and ice Thursday morning, but experienced no pain or swelling.

"The longer you're out there on the floor, the more comfortable you're going to be and the more in shape you're gonna get," Bynum said. "Everything just sorta works itself out."

Via ESPN

Celtics Concerned With Swelling In Rondo's Ankle

Doc Rivers is concerned about the swelling Rajon Rondo has experienced in his sprained ankle as he tries to work his way back.

"Rondo is day to day," Rivers told WEEI in Boston on Thursday. "I don't know if you'll see him tomorrow or not, but he's getting close. So far each time he's worked out there's been some swelling and that's a concern. We're going to take it slow. We're not going to push him back. We're just going to wait until he's ready to play."

Boston will face New Orleans on Friday night.

"It was a pretty severe sprain," president Danny Ainge said later Thursday. "Rajon is in a situation where he could play, but he's in pain still. He has pain on both sides of the ankle and we just don't want to get him back on to the court until he can play hard."

The Celtics are 4-2 in Rondo's absence.

Via ESPN

Roy Sidelined Indefinitely

Portland guard Brandon Roy will be sidelined indefinitely with sore knees, it was announced today by General Manager Rich Cho.

“Unfortunately, Brandon Roy’s condition has not significantly improved and we’ve decided to hold him out indefinitely,” said Cho. “In the short term, we’re going to proceed with an extended period of rest. Beyond that, we’re looking at all available treatment options to help better determine a course of action.”

Roy, 26, has missed nine games this season (three games from Nov. 16-20 and the last six games beginning on Dec. 17) with a sore left knee.

Via Press Release

Garnett's MRI Shows Strained Calf

Danny Ainge confirmed that Kevin Garnett's MRI revealed a strained calf muscle that will sideline him for a few weeks.

“It’s a muscle injury, a strained calf,” Ainge said. “It’s actually the softer side of the leg below the knee. It’s not anything to do with his knee, which is great news, and it’s one of those injuries that he may be out for a couple of weeks at the most. That’s my guess. It’s always a guess. I’ll just say two weeks. I think that’s on the conservative side.”

Via WEEI

X-Rays Negative On Okur's Back

Mehmet Okur underwent an X-ray that was negative Wednesday after straining his lower back during a 103-95 Utah victory against the Clippers at Staples Center.

Okur left the game with 8 minutes, 15 seconds left in the fourth quarter and did not return.

Via Salt Lake Tribune

Garnett Injures Right Leg

Kevin Garnett injured his right calf in Boston's 104-92 loss at Detroit on Wednesday.

Carter Will Make Phoenix Debut Against 76ers

Vince Carter has been nursing a sore left knee.

Biedrins Could Miss Road Trip With Sprained Ankle

Andris Biedrins has already missed five games with a sprained ankle.

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