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Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao was worried about knee but thinks he'll be back sooner rather than later

Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao was worried about knee but thinks he'll be back sooner rather than later

Posted by Laura Zúñiga on March 28, 2014

NEW YORK -- Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao said his left knee was still sore and said he wouldn't know until game time whether he'd be able to play against the New York Knicks tonight at Madison Square Garden.

Frankly, he's a little bit surprised at that. After Markieff Morris rolled into his left knee late in Sunday's 99-90 loss to Phoenix, he expected the worst.

"I didn’t see the replay, but from the reaction of the crowd (gasping) I knew it wasn’t pretty," Varejao said after Thursday morning's shootaround at Baruch College.

"Right away I thought the worst. I thought I was done. Again. It was very painful. It was one of those things it was very, very, very, very painful. Then it went away. My blood was rushing, I was going. I said I’m going to play. Then the next day was sore."

He was diagnosed with a left knee contusion and hyperextension. He missed Tuesday's game against New Orleans and hopes to be back sooner rather than later. That's good news for a guy who has had his last three seasons cut short by a series of bizarre injuries. He was worried this would be another one.

"Unbelievable,'' he said with a smile. "So stupid, right? Get the rebound and all of a sudden the guy comes and hits my knee. How can you control that?''

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