|Sounds of the game… Big time Big Baby||04.10.09 at 11:53 pm ET|
Friday night, the Miami Heat learned what the Boston Celtics already knew, Glen Davis is a big man who can make a big difference in a game.
Sure Paul Pierce turned it on in the second half and scored 21 of his 28 points in the second half in Boston’s 105-98 win at TD Banknorth Garden. But you expect such offense from the Celtics captain who could wind up in the Hall of Fame someday.
But when second-year big man Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis goes off for 22 and takes a team-high 17 shots (making eight), you’re left with few options but to just shake your head. After all, Davis is the guy replacing All-World Kevin Garnett in the Green’s lineup.
“We want KG back, most definitely,” Davis said. “But, it’s all how you look at it. It gives me an opportunity to get the experience, get the minute under my belt so when I’m in playoff situations that, I know, I’ve been through this before and I know how this feels to hit a shot, to put us up. I know how it feels to make a defensive play, I know how it feels to execute when your supposed to execute.
“The coaching staff is doing a great job of holding me accountable out there on the court, to make sure that I’m there, that they can trust me so, can’t wait till Kevin get back but I’m out there just trying to be a star in my role,” Davis continued.
So when Michael Beasley had the ball with two minutes to go, maybe he was stunned when Davis forced him into a game-changing shot clock violation with the game tied, 95-95.
“I’m not surprised,” said Davis’ teammate Kendrick Perkins. “Baby knows how to play defense, all of our bigs know how to play defense. I think we’ve just been doing a great job of talking, playing together and going from there.”
Thanks to Davis, the Celtics had answers when Miami went big several times during Friday’s game.
“Jermaine O’Neal, Jamaal Magloire, Beasley are tough,” Davis said. “They’re trying to play for a (playoff) spot, just like we are so it’s going to be a tough game, it’s going to be a physical game, just gotta go out there and play the game like it’s supposed to be playing. It was a playoff atmosphere, the fans were into the game, the intense ball play and we just ended up winning the game.”
“Baby plays hard every night. Sometimes the defense doesn’t give him the shots he wants but tonight, they were allowing him to get into the seams and get his open jumper going. He worked hard tonight and we always know he can do that any night.”
Davis is fully confident that he will be ready to contribute big minutes when the playoff curtain is raised in a week.
“Every game from now on until the championship, the finals,” Davis said. “We’re trying to get to the finals. The end of the regular season is just a couple games and we got to use, not only to get position but also to feel comfortable going into the playoffs, knowing that we can execute every play the way it’s supposed to be played and we can go out there and play defense the way its supposed to be played. It’s a process and can’t get bored with the process, just got to go out there and make sure we play Celtics basketball and stay focused.”
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