Thursday is subs and snubs night in terms of the NBA All-Star Game selection process. One way or another, Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao's name will merit a mention.

As coaches reveal the reserves for the respective conferences, passionate cases will be proffered for the one or two deserving players omitted from the 12-man rosters. It happens every year. Cavaliers coach Byron Scott has a pair of candidates making a late charge, rookie point guard Kyrie Irving and Varejao, a custodian in high tops and headband who's mopped NBA floors for eight seasons with his body parts.

If Irving fails to receive the requisite coaches' votes, he will earn many more opportunities not to play defense for 48 minutes on a Sunday in February. It might represent the only chance, however, for the 29-year-old Varejao, who's enjoying a career year with the Cavaliers.