Updating a previous item, Anderson Varejao has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Hawks, and he will not play at all this weekend.
Varejao's availability was supposed to be determined at shootaround, but it's clear his knee contusion is a little more serious than the team had initially let on. Varejao will not play on Saturday against the Nets either, meaning the earliest he could return is January 2 against the Kings. Tyler Zeller will continue to start and is averaging 12.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.0 blocks on 40.4 percent shooting as a member of the starting lineup. Tristan Thompson, who has played well in Varejao's absence, also gets a boost.