Anderson Varejao departed the arena Friday night wearing a splint on his right wrist, a bad omen of more miserable news to come. By the time he arrived for Saturday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers, that splint was replaced by a soft cast and the Cavs' surprising season took a dramatic shift downward.

The Cavs were hammered by the 76ers on Saturday 99-84, but that wasn't nearly as crushing as the news Varejao has been lost indefinitely because of a non-displaced fracture in his right (shooting) wrist.

Varejao injured the wrist in Friday's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, and X-rays at the arena were negative. The fracture was discovered Sataurday in an MRI at the Cleveland Clinic.

That type of injury would likely keep Varejao out at least a month, but the Cavs won't offer a timeline until early next week. If he needs surgery, he could be out even longer.

It's Varejao's second major injury in as many seasons. He played just 31 games last year before tearing a ligament in his ankle. This season, by far the best of his career, has been stalled after 25 games.

Varejao is averaging career bests of 10.8 points and 11.5 rebounds. He has 14 double-doubles and produced his first career 20-point, 20-rebound game earlier this season. The Cavs will use Semih Erden, Ryan Hollins and Samardo Samuels in his place, but none of them do what Varejao can. He leads the league in offensive rebounds, averaging 4.5 per game, and his 11.5 rebounds rank fourth.