During the best start to his eight-year career, Anderson Varejao has seemed to get to each rebound, almost every loose ball.

Finally, on Thursday night the energetic Cavaliers' center found something just out of his reach -- an All-Star Game appearance.

Neither Varejao nor rookie Kyrie Irving were named Eastern Conference reserves to the NBA All-Star Game. The news was not welcomed in Cleveland, but not entirely unexpected, either.

Between the two Cavaliers it was assumed Varejao had the better chance in a lockout-shortened season that has included injuries to top conference centers Al Horford, Brook Lopez and Andrew Bogut. But on the annual NBA subs and snubs night, Varejao fell short in balloting among league coaches, who selected seven reserves for each conference.

Indiana center Roy Hibbert earned his first trip to the All-Star Game ahead of Varejao, who's averaging 11 points and 11.8 rebounds.

The Cavs veteran ranks fourth in the NBA in rebounds and first in offensive rebounds (4.5). Hibbert is averaging 13.6 points and 9.9 rebounds for the Pacers, who boast the league's fifth-best record.

Varejao, 29, acknowledged earlier in the week it was a goal to play in Orlando on Feb. 26. He received public support not only from his coach, Byron Scott, and Irving, but also from coaches and players such as Boston's Doc Rivers and Paul Pierce, who did make the East reserves after a slow start to the season.

Varejao's final regular-season effort before teams were announced embodies his value to the Cavaliers and their fans. He scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while overcoming two hard falls on his tailbone in a 99-92 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.