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C’s plan to stop Varejao’s ‘dirty work’

05.05.10 at 1:32 pm ET
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Anderson Varejao is far from a Celtics fan favorite. He isn’€™t a flashy scorer, nor is he a finesse player. But that’€™s not what his game is about.

‘€œThe man does one thing, and he does it well, and that’€™s what he gets paid for,’€ Kevin Garnett told WEEI’€™s Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell following the C’€™s Game 2 victory (listen to the audio here). ‘€œAnd you know what? He doesn’€™t score a lot, he feeds off LeBron [James], he picks up the garbage, he does the dirty work. He’€™s out here trying to get guys rattled, trying to get technicals, the dumb stuff. You know, the stuff that shouldn’€™t even be in basketball, but it is.’€

Even though Varejao does the dirty work for the Cavs, he still makes an impact on the scoreboard. He entered the series averaging 13 points and nine boards against the Celtics during the regular season, including a 17-point, 10-rebound performance in March.

In response, the C’€™s have turned to their bigs to combat Varejao’€™s energy and keep him away from the glass. They have limited him to a total of 12 points and 13 rebounds in Games 1 and 2 combined. Half of those points have come at the line.

‘€œWe watched a lot of tape, we focused, we understand we’€™ve got to block him out,’€ Garnett said. ‘€œHe’€™s pure energy, he is a momentum changer, and we understand that. Baby is our momentum changer. And I think not just Kevin Garnett, but Rasheed Wallace, Big Baby Glen Davis, Kendrick Perkins, Shelden Williams, everybody’€™s been getting a body on him, we’€™ve been conscious of where he is. And we’€™ve been helping and trying to foul him and make him score at the free throw line. And it’€™s been working so far. Knock on wood.’€

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