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MIAMI - Cleveland coach David Blatt can relate to what Anderson Varejao is going through, because he also once went through the process of rehabilitating a torn Achilles.A tough injury, Blatt said.Tough would also describe the process that awaits the Cavaliers, who will be without their starting centre and one of LeBron James closest confidants for the remainder of the season. Varejao was injured in Clevelands win over Minnesota on Tuesday night, falling to the court in obvious pain after positioning himself for a rebound in the third quarter.And on Wednesday, the Cavs worst fears were officially confirmed.Its a little tough talk about the impact of not having him, because this is the first game that we dont, Blatt said. But I will say that obviously, were going to miss Andy. Hes a big part of our team as a player, as a personality. Thats part of sport and part of basketball, certainly. You have to deal with injuries and with guys going down.Kevin Love was listed as the starter in Varejaos spot Thursday, when the Cavaliers visited the Miami Heat in James return to the arena he called home for the past four seasons. Varejaos departure will also mean more minutes for Tristan Thompson — who made 189 consecutive starts for Cleveland before this season began — and probably down low for James as well.Regardless, it will challenge Clevelands depth, and the expectation is that the Cavaliers will seek to add another big man before long.We will approach it initially on a game-to-game basis, maybe more matchup-oriented, Blatt said. Well look down the line to see what we can do on a more permanent basis and guys will step up.Varejao averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds this season. He also shot just under 56 per cent, his best since the 2009-10 season.Not coincidentally, that was the most recent season where he and James were Cleveland teammates.James has long raved about what Varejao means to the Cavaliers on the court and off, and the four-time MVP knows losing the wild-haired Brazilian is a blow to Clevelands championship hopes.Its tough, James said. It hurts our team. More than anything its just tough on him. ... Hes a great friend of mine and I hate the fact that his season is taken away like that.This is the fourth time in the last five years that Varejao will miss more than half the Cavaliers games. He played in 76 out of a possible 230 games in a three-season stretch between 2010-11 and 2012-13 because of an array of injuries, then missed 17 more games last season.Varejao will have surgery in the coming days, after which his rehabilitation schedule and potential timetable for a return will be determined. Typically, the return time from such an injury is around nine months, which means Varejao — who signed an extension earlier this year that could keep him in Cleveland through 2017-18 — should be ready for the start of next season.Hes a big part, a huge part, of our success, James said. Its going to be hard to replace him. Cheap Nike Air Max 1 Trainers . The biggest shock of this seasons competition was on when Watford took a 2-0 lead after 30 minutes at Etihad Stadium, only for a remarkable Aguero-led comeback by City in the final half-hour. The Argentina striker produced clinical finishes in the 60th and 79th minutes to level the score before Aleksandar Kolarov put City in front in the 87th. Air Max 1 New Zealand .I dont think it comes to mind in this business, in this game, the Philadelphia Flyers forward said. You dont try to lose games. http://www.airmax1nz.com/. -- Terry Francona likened the atmosphere at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday to a playoff game in October. 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Conley scored 19 points for the Grizzlies, who won for the fifth time in six games and are a season-best 15 games over .500. "When the game is coming down to the end as a young team, you tend to try and make the right play and over-think things. We could see that in them and we tried to take advantage," Conley said. Derrick Favours had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Gordon Hayward scored 18 points and Richard Jefferson added 15 for the Jazz, who are 1-5 in their last six home games. Though Memphis is the team in a tight playoff race, the Jazz made the extra effort for steals and dived for loose balls and led for most of the contest while playing their starters extended minutes. "They played so hard and they had extra energy and they had us on our heels most of the game, but we felt like we were supposed to win," said Randolph, who had his 400th career double-double. The Grizzlies, however, made the key plays down the stretch and sank their final 13 free throws to secure the victory. Jefferson made a 3-pointer and then added a fast-break layup to give Utah its largest lead, 65-49, midway through the third quarter. The Grizzlies clawed back and by the time Mike Miller hit a rare 3-pointer for Memphis, the lead was down to 78-75 with 7:08 to play. Favours dunked to put the Jazz up 84-77, but the Grizzlies clamped down and went to work. Miller hit another 3 in the midst of 12 straight Memphis points and Gasolls layup capped the run to put the Grizzlies up 89-84 with 59 seconds left in the game.dddddddddddd Memphis forced six fourth-quarter turnovers and outscored the gasping Jazz 29-16 in the final frame. "I know what its like when you are a young team that was up 16 and then you look up and youre down one. That rim sure gets tighter," Randolph said. Trey Burke, who had 11 points and 10 assists, cut the lead to 89-87 with 15 seconds left but couldnt convert on a 3-pointer in the closing moments to extend the game. The Grizzlies have the third-best record in the NBA, 26-9, since Gasol returned from a left knee sprain on Jan. 14. They also have the leagues best defence in that stretch, allowing just 90.2 points per game. As good as they defend in the half court, the chink in the Grizzlies armour is transition defence. The opportunistic Jazz pushed the ball in the first half and the Jazz big men challenged their more accomplished counterparts by going strong to the basket and banging for rebound position. Enes Kanter had 11 points and a season-high 15 rebounds, but couldnt make his jumpers when Gasol sagged off him. The Grizzlies are among five teams, including Portland, Golden State, Dallas and Phoenix, who are within two games of each other and fighting for the final four playoff berths in the West with three weeks left in the regular season. "We know how important each of these games are for us. We stuck with it and in the fourth quarter, we got stops and played together," Gasol said. 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