Varejao goes off in third period after injuring ankle

Updated: January 27, 2008, 7:18 PM ET news services

LOS ANGELES -- Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao was helped from the court late in the third quarter of a 98-95 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday with an injured left ankle.

Anderson Varejao


X-rays were negative, but he will undergo an MRI on Monday.

Right after teammate LeBron James made a layup, Varejao stepped on the foot of Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic as he entered the lane, trailing the play. Varejao was helped from the court, unable to put weight on his left leg.

Varejao, averaging 8.0 points and a team-leading 8.7 rebounds, had two points and four rebounds in 17 minutes when he was injured, with 3:12 left in the third period and the Cavaliers leading 63-59.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.