Originally written November 26, 2012 on Stepien Rules:
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Anderson Varejao is an All-Star. While sharing a court with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol on Monday night, he was also the best big man on the floor. The Cavaliers fumbling away a fourth quarter lead doesn't dismiss that simple fact. In some ways, I suppose, it even highlights what Varejao is doing on a nightly basis this season even more. Without Kyrie Irving, especially, this Cavaliers lineup would not be favored against any team in the NBA. Ever. Despite that, Anderson steps onto the court every single night thinking that his team is going to win. Then he goes out and plays like it's the Eastern Conference Finals. If you're not watching the game you wouldn't understand. The 14 points and 14 rebounds he was averaging entering the week only tell half the story. Randolph and Gasol were collecting 20 rebounds per game between them heading into Monday's contest with the Cavaliers. By the time Varejao was done battling that All-Star duo, ...
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