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Analyzing The Anomalous: Anderson Varejao vs. Boston

February 1, 2012 1 comment

In Shaky Ankles’ new feature “Analyzing The Anomalous”, I’ll be taking a look at a random player’s most recent performance—either fantastic or dreadful—and breaking down how it is they did what they did by way of advanced statistics and the always helpful Synergy Sports resource. The posts will begin with a rundown of the chosen player’s basic stat line, before bullet points are used to complete the examination.

On Sunday evening, as the Cavaliers roared back behind their valiant rookie’s unofficial coming out party, we saw one of this season’s five worst fourth quarter collapses take place in Boston. Irving was fantastic, most notably for his jaw-dropping game winner (if there were ever a reason to believe the Big 3 era has come to an end, a 6’4″ rookie slicing their defense to a million itsy-bitsy pieces in a one point game is it) and brief ability to make everyone in that city forget who LeBron James ever was. But the real catalyst on that  comeback goes on the shoulders of a man who may be the league’s most underrated player. He was everywhere, taking charges, keeping possessions alive, forcing every Celtics fan watching the game to wish that one day a mysterious home invader would ruin one of his lavish two-a-day bathtub sessions by dropping a plugged in microwave on his lap. Varejao personifies the type of player you hate if he isn’t on your team, and guy you’d die for if he is.

Somehow, someway, Varejao upstaged Sunday’s fourth quarter performance with an entire game’s worth of play that’d humble the creators of Red Bull. Here’s what happened. Read more…

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Shook Ankles: An Unjust Face-off

February 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Besides hockey and being cold, this is the only documented instance where Canada has a sizable advantage on Brazil.

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