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The Cavs could receive a boost this weekend with the return of Anderson Varejao, although no one wants to declare Varejao ready. He participated in Wednesday’s practice, but Brown conceded they didn’t do much physical work. That should change with today’s practice, which should give Varejao a better gauge on if he’s ready. Akron Beacon Journal
Varejao told the Beacon Journal last week he intended to play this week, but was much more vague Wednesday. “We can’t set a date yet, but I would love to hopefully play the next game,” he said. “If not, I feel like I’m pretty close. But I just don’t know when yet.” Akron Beacon Journal
Al Jefferson is enjoying his best season in at least five years, averaging 20.9 points and 10.5 rebounds. He has shot 52 percent against the Cavs for his career. The Cavs have struggled against teams lately with big, physical post players, particularly the Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Grizzlies. But Brown said the opponent won’t determine when Varejao returns. Akron Beacon Journal
Since Nene has been sidelined, [John] Wall is posting averages of 24.5 points and 10.3 assists while shooting 56.9 percent from the floor to help the Wizards go 3-1. “When you’re doing those kind of numbers and you’re not winning, it don’t mean nothing,” Wall said. “The main thing for me is to play the right way and let it keep coming to me in the offense and I’m having big games and winning. That’s a big plus for us.” Washington Post Blog
According to coach Mike Budenholzer, Millsap is nearing a return. He participated in a 3-on-3 contract scrimmage during the Hawks two off days. Atlanta Journal Constitution
Nuggets coach Brian Shaw turned the spotlight on himself in juggling things to fix the defensive woes his team has experienced essentially all season. Too many schemes. Too many assignments. Too confusing. The players made it known to Shaw of late, and he listened. And agreed. If it were up to the players, they'd switch everything, but the defensive-minded Shaw isn't about to go there. Yet he did pare down the rotations to the few things he wants done every time down court. Denver Post
Allen Iverson and his wife have finally made peace -- after years of being at war -- and Tawanna tells TMZ Sports .... she's thrilled the two are finally on the same page so they can co-parent their 5 kids. Allen and Tawanna have had a very turbulent relationship over the years -- with Tawanna filing for divorce in 2011 ... followed by a very nasty custody battle, allegations of alcohol abuse and claims Allen was trying to screw her out of money. So, it was a shock when Allen THANKED Tawanna during the Philadelphia 76ers jersey retirement ceremony Saturday night -- giving her props for "helping me grow as a man and taking care of me throughout my career and always being by my side and loving me." TMZ
Metta World Peace isn't letting unemployment stop him from dominating the basketball courts ... of West Los Angeles. Just days after Metta was released by the Knicks, Peace surfaced at Equinox Gym in L.A. on March 1st -- hooping with some not-quite-pro level competition. TMZ
Lamar Odom's drug dealers could be linked to the $250,000 jewelry heist at Lamar and Khloe's house ... because we're told the dealers threatened to break in to get the money Lamar never paid. Multiple sources involved in Lamar's drug deals last year tell TMZ ... Lamar wasn't paying his tab. In fact, our sources say he was in the hole $15K to just one dealer back in Sept. and he owed another more than $40K. Lamar would fend them off by saying he was loaded and therefore good for it. He would also justify not paying from time to time because the quality of the drugs was "wack." TMZ
John Starks and Anthony Mason finally cut the ribbon on the first NYC location of Custom Fuel Pizza -- a chain that started in D.C. The duo is pumped about being investors in the franchise (they previously told us they want to challenge Peyton Manning for the pizza title) ... and last night at the grand opening party, John and Anthony gushed about how they plan to change the pizza game forever. TMZ
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