Bigger Balls: Ray Allen or Anderson Varejao?

Matt DolloffCorrespondent IApril 14, 2009

CHICAGO - MARCH 17: Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics looks to pass against the Chicago Bulls on March 17, 2009 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Celtics 127-121. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agreees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

After watching this video, I think it’s a legitimate argument. After a Glen “Big Baby” Davis' free throw, the CelticsRay Allen and the CavaliersAnderson Varejao tangle up as the ball fell through the hoop, then Varejao took Allen by the arm and hurled him to the ground.

Allen’s snap-reaction was to elbow Varejao directly in the junk, at which Varejao barely even blinks! With the complete lack of a reaction from Varejao, it’s almost surprising Allen didn’t break his elbow on Varejao’s package. He keeps walking around with his arms straight in the air like he’s trying to box Allen out as the referees broke it up.

It is truly bizarre behavior by the Cavs’ big man. Allen did have a right to be angry about being thrown to the ground on a made free throw, but he had no business doing something bush-league like elbowing Varejao directly in the family jewels.

I agree with commentator Mark Jackson that both players should have received technical fouls for that altercation. Jackson also takes the opportunity to poke fun at Varejaos, ahem, endowment, or lack thereof. When Jeff Van Gundy says “He didn’t even bend Varejao over with that! I’m impressed by Varejao!”, Jackson snaps back with “I’m not!” which gets some chuckles. This only makes me want to see a Celtics - Cavs Eastern Conference Final even more.

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