If Anderson Varejao is on the court, chances are that at some point he'll be in the ground. More than once.

The Cavaliers center plays with reckless abandon, flying after rebounds, clawing for loose balls and pounding anyone in his path. And that's why Varejao didn't play Friday against the Indiana Pacers and why he's most likely out for Saturday's game at Milwaukee.

Varejao bruised his right knee in Tuesday's game against Toronto, although he returned to the court and finished the game. He sat out Wednesday's game in Boston. Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said that although Varejao reported he's feeling better, resting his star center is better for Cleveland in the long run.

"I'm looking out for Andy," Scott said. "I know how hard he plays. He's going to get nicked up, banged up during the course of the season. It's better to miss three games than to miss 33 games or 40 games or something like that."

So far this season, Varejao has missed only one other game, a Nov. 7 contest, with a sore right knee. But in each of the last two seasons he's missed significant time with a broken wrist and an ankle injury, managing a total of 56 games in both seasons combined.

"I think no matter what, because of the way he plays, his style, he's going to have bumps and bruises," Scott said. "There's no doubt about that. You just hope he stays away from the serious injuries. He got a pretty good bruised knee right now and we want to make sure we get that thing as healthy as possible before we put him back on the floor."