I often wonder what opposing teams, their beat reporters and bloggers are saying about the Celtics after playing the Celtics. Here's a dose of 'enemy chatter' from Cleveland.
If you insist on a statistical argument to validate Varejao's worth as a player, use those. Beyond that, which makes stats lines the 20/20 he posted that some guys get by taking plays off on the defensive end even more impressive, he tirelessly defended the Boston frontline essentially by himself for 42 minutes too. Varejao, alone, out-rebounded the starting frontline of the C's collectively – Pierce (4 rebs), Garnett (4 rebs), Jermaine O'Neal (3 rebs) – by nine. Throw Boston's top big off the bench into that mix too, Brandon Bass (6 rebs), and you can also say that Andy out-rebounded all four of those guys by three. Because he did.
Got a full blown man crush on Varejao these days. He's playing out of his mind.
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