Cavs center Anderson Varejao (sore back) didn't make the trip to Charlotte for Friday's game. It will be the 12th consecutive game he's missed.

Varejao said, Hopefully, I can play the next game. I would love to. If not, I feel Im pretty close. So, if you held on to him this long you mine as well continue to do so since his return is supposedly right around the corner. Just know though that he is expected to come off the bench backing up newly acquired starting center Spencer Hawes.ANALYST: Michael Pichan Mobile App