Sunday, March 13, 2011
Davis set for return vs. Bucks
By Chris Forsberg
BOSTON -- After sitting out the last four games due to a sprained patella tendon in his left knee, Celtics forward Glen Davis is expected to return to the lineup Sunday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers is setting his expectations low, but for a Boston team that's played with a mere 10 bodies in back-to-back losses, the addition of any player is a big deal.
"Just another body," Rivers said when asked what he expected out of Davis. "I love Baby, we need his good play. But with the bigs we have, I'll take a bad-playing Baby tonight, really. It still gives us an extra body. If you look at our bench right now, without Baby, we have [Troy] Murphy and Jeff Green as our backup bigs.... It's good to have him back."
Davis had appeared in all 59 games before tweaking his left knee while completing a late-game slam against the Phoenix Suns on March 2. Davis is averaging career-highs in minutes (29.4), points (11.6), rebounds (5.3), and assists (1.2), as well as free throw percentage (75.0 percent), all on top of being the NBA leader in charges drawn.
But Davis has had limited court time since the injury. He traveled to Philadelphia and went through a non-contact team walkthrough on Friday before participating in a light practice with a handful of teammates Saturday. Rivers expects Davis to be tired, but will take any minutes he can get out of his sixth man.
(For more on what Baby's return means for the Celtics, hop HERE).