Links to the Present: February 1, 2012

February 1st, 2012 by Colin McGowan

“Varejao is just a pain in the butt with his offensive rebounding, the way he knocks down shots and keeps [loose] balls alive. He’s probably one of the more underrated players in the NBA with how much energy he gives this ball club. He has a knack of somehow coming up with the ball all the time. He’s a major factor out there.” [Paul Pierce via WFNY]

“Irving is pulling away from Ricky Rubio as the NBA’s top rookie. Irving has managed to play surprisingly efficient basketball for a first-year point guard because he finishes at the rim. This is impressive. Many NBA guards never figure out how to convert shots in the lane at a high rate; Irving, who is listed generously at 6-foot-3, seems to have a knack for getting to the basket and scoring there. According to Hoopdata.com, Irving shoots 63 percent at the rim. This puts him in similar territory with Derrick Rose (62.9 percent), Tony Parker (62.4 percent), and John Wall (58.6 percent). In fact, Irving scores 1.292 points per possession near the rim, which puts him in the top 20 percent of all NBA players, according to Synergy Sports.” [Sebastian Pruiti]

“All of the injuries at shooting guard have forced Scott to play Sessions and Kyrie Irving together, which neither guard looks very comfortable doing right now. Scott said he can’t practice the two together because they’re the only point guards on the team. That leaves them to learn on the fly during games.” [Jason Lloyd]

And the Cavs have recalled Luke “Amaretto Thunder” Harangody from Canton.

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