Friday, December 12, 2008

They'll Miss The Big Guy

'Heavy Z' sprained his ankle Wednesday night against the 76ers, and according to Brian Windhorst, the early reports indicate that he could miss 2-4 weeks with the injury. This is a shame for Z personally, who has been off to a fast start this season, and certainly warranted more All Star consideration than he has gotten so far.

However, this could be a positive for the Cavaliers in the long run. With Z out for the next few weeks, JJ Hickson and Darnell Jackson should get some big minutes backing up Varejeo and Wallace in the low post rotations, and I expect the duo, Hickson especially, to do well.

With Varejeo playing the way he has thus far, there won't be too much of a drop off in the starting five, but the question will be whether or not the young 'bigs' will be able to contribute as rotation players in Z's absence. From what I have seen from Hickson thus far, I think he will step in and give you a solid 20 minutes of action. I also think Jackson can give you 10, but we will find out what these guys got come Friday. Assuming Z comes back at full strength, in May or June, we may find that additional 'big' people are talking about adding, in the form of a rookie, who already wears Wine and Gold.

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