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Lorenzen Wright Undergoes thumb surgery

Cavaliers forward Lorenzen Wright will undergo surgery after breaking his thumb in Cleveland’s regular-season finale against the 76ers.

Wright, who was not expected to play during the postseason, got hurt in the second half of Wednesday night’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. The team said the 12-year veteran will have an operation on Friday at the Cleveland Clinic and his recovery will take six weeks.

Ben Wallace suffers a patellar tendon strain

An MRI taken at the Cleveland Clinic today revealed that Ben Wallace has a patellar tendon strain.

Wallace will miss tonight’s game against the Pacers and possibly Wednesday night game. His status for the playoffs is unknown at this point.

Patellar tendinitis or “jumper’s knee” is a condition resulting from overuse of the knee. It is possible that his sudden increase in training after missing 17 games with a broken right leg caused the injury.

According to the athleticadvisor.com, the best treatement is to remain active in practice as well as rehabilitation so that he will not detrain.

Minor wrist injury sidlines Anderson Varejao

Anderson Varejao is being treated for a swollen and stiff wrist. He received therapy before Sunday’s game against the Spurs but it didn’t improve.
X-rays taken at the arena showed no break and there’s a chance he’ll have an MRI today. The team believes it is not serious. Varejao said he could play if it was a playoff game

He is currently considered day-to-day.

Ben Wallace–who is still on the inactive list–warmed up on the court prior to the game. He wore a black protective covering on his lower right leg and noticeably favored that leg as he shot from various midrange areas, including the free throw line. He jogged through some basic sets with an assistant coach, setting screens and then popping out to shoot jumpers. He tended to shoot well on his first few attempts but then miss wildly the longer he shot from the same spot. For instance, he hit seven of his first nine attempts from the right baseline but ended up making 11 out of 20 from that area. He shot 10-17 on midrange jumpers from the left baseline. Wallace shoots a better percentage on practice jumpers then you might expect from watching him shoot during games but it is important to keep in mind that great NBA shooters typically shoot 80% or better on uncontested practice shots from midrange areas, so making more than half of those shots is not a tremendous percentage, even if the casual fan might be surprised that Wallace can do that in light of his dismal free throw percentage.
The Cavaliers waived guard Eric Snow on Sunday. The biggest impact it will have is it will reduce their luxury-tax hit to about $13.6 million after this season.

The Cavs didn’t apply for an injured player exception. They applied for long-term disability salary cap relief. They are in the final stages of that process and expect to hear a formal answer from the NBA in the next week.

When that occurs, the Cavs will deduct Snow’s $7 million contract from their tax bill.