The elections may be long in the rear view, but the lobbying in Cleveland may be reaching new levels. As the Cavaliers dropped yet another nail-biter to one of the NBA’s elite teams, it was Anderson Varejao who continued to keep his bruised and battered team on the positive side of the ledger, pulling down 22 more rebounds, obtaining possession of balls which he had no business being near, holding the opposition to one of their worst games of the season, and even hitting a 20-foot jump shot at the buzzer between the third and fourth quarters, giving the Cavaliers a seven-point lead.
Though said lead would dissipate as the Cavaliers would convert on a mere 20 percent of their field goal attempts over the final 12 minutes of play, it was Varejao who, once again, provided one of his most well-rounded lines of the 2012-13 season, infusing non-stop energy, adding to his league-leading per-game rebounding average and making the most annoyed opposing fan bases even more so.
“Our All-Star guy did an unbelievable job once again,” said Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott of his energetic and charismatic center. “He single-handedly takes over on the defensive end — this guy is just something else.”