Parker, Jamison likely to rest
By Zac Jackson
FOX Sports Ohio
October 15, 2010
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — The Cavaliers will likely be without injured veterans Antawn Jamison and Anthony Parker for Saturday’s home game against CSKA Moscow and next week’s final preseason games.
Jamison sprained his knee in the second quarter in Thursday night’s 106-80 win over the Spurs. Parker didn’t play in the second half after suffering a finger injury. Neither practiced Friday but were with their teammates as the Cavaliers worked on some new offensive sets during the final 30 minutes of practice, head coach Byron Scott said.
“Both of those guys need more time and treatment,” Scott said.
Jamison and Parker, both 35, are the two oldest Cavaliers players and probably wouldn’t play much in this final week of the preseason even if they were at 100 percent.
“I’m not real worried about those guys missing time right now,” Scott said. “After (next Thursday’s preseason finale) we’ll have five or six days to get ready for the opener. I’d like to have them then.”
Parker’s absence could mean further opportunities for undrafted rookie Manny Harris, who’s scored in double figures in all three games this week.
Scott said Mo Williams (groin injury) probably won’t play Saturday. Anderson Varejao might make his preseason debut. Scott said he’s leaving that decision up to Varejao “if he’s comfortable and ready, we’d love to have him. If not, we’ll wait.”
CSKA Moscow features former Cavaliers first-round pick Trajan Langdon and Sasha Kaun, who was traded to the Cavaliers after being selected by Seattle in the second round of the 2008 draft. Langdon played three seasons in Cleveland after being drafted 11th overall in 1999. CSKA has lost this week to the Heat and Thunder on their American preseason tour.
MAKING THEM COUNT: Scott has emphasized the importance of good free throw shooting with his team throughout camp, and the results so far have been good. The Cavaliers .795 success rate is the fifth-best in the NBA through this preseason.
OVER THE AIR: Saturday’s game will be the first of two straight broadcast live by Fox Sports Ohio. FSO will also broadcast Tuesday night’s game vs. Philadelphia in Cincinnati. The Cavs wrap the preseason next Thursday in Columbus.