Friday, November 20, 2009
Shaq does not travel with team
INDIANAPOLIS -- Cleveland center Shaquille O'Neal has missed his fourth straight game with a strained right shoulder.
O'Neal did not travel with the Cavaliers for their game Friday night against the Pacers. He is averaging 11.3 points and 6.9 rebounds. Cleveland coach Mike Brown didn't give a timetable for his return.
Cleveland, however, got forward Anderson Varejao back from a bruised hip after he was inactive Wednesday against Washington. J.J. Hickson was to start, but Brown said Varejao will play.
Indiana forward Troy Murphy will play after missing six games with a bruised lower back.
The Pacers announced Friday that guard Travis Diener had surgery on the big toe on his left foot and is expected to miss at least four weeks.