With consecutive win No. 14 in the books, the focus turned to No. 15 — the Magic — for the Celtics. And the C’s appear to be catching Orlando at the perfect time, even if it is on Christmas.
The Magic have lost eight of nine games and are attempting to integrate Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu and Gilbert Arenas into the fold after shipping Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat and Rashard Lewis out of town. Outside of Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson, it’s a complete overhaul of a team that reached the NBA Finals two years ago.
Not that Glen Davis noticed.
‘I don’t really care about what they’re doing,’ he said.
Pushed further, Davis added, “I don’t really pay attention to what’s going on. Those guys have problems they’ve got to work out for themselves. As a team, we’re trying to focus on one thing, and we’re not focused on what other teams are doing. I wish them the best, and I hope they get ‘¦ everything going — after we play them.”
In just four seasons, Davis has seen plenty of change in the Eastern Conference, as the Pistons, Cavaliers, Magic and Heat have completely revamped their rosters. So, is it tough for Big Baby to get a read on the East?
“I really don’t read a lot,” Davis said, with a smile. “I play video games.”
Meanwhile, the Celtics’ core of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins — along with Davis — has remained the same since 2007, and that “Ubuntu,” if you will, is paying huge dividends for the 23-4 Celtics.
“Most definitely,” said Davis. “I think that does give us an advantage.”
When a team can keep its core together, the philosophy remains the same, trickling down the roster even when injuries hit — like they have to Rondo and Perkins, among others.
“That’s how we’re going to do it — just try to grind,” said Davis. “That’s all we can do. We just hope we can keep doing this in June. We’re just real deep. We’re a deep team. A lot of guys can play quality minutes and come through, and that’s what a championship team does.”
Nate Robinson, for one, hasn’t been with this group since its inception three and a half years ago, but after spending his first training camp — and now his first Christmas — with the Celtics, he’s starting to buy into that philosophy.
“This is my first Christmas to play, so I’m looking forward to it,” said Robinson. “But you’ve got to treat it like every game that we’ve been playing … and just play the way we’ve been playing — just play hard, play together, have fun and just play the right way, which is the Celtics way.”
Meanwhile, in Orlando, they’re trying to figure out what the Magic “way” is exactly.