Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Notebook: Paging, Glen Davis
By Chris Forsberg
BOSTON -- A collection of news and notes after the Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics 98-90 in overtime of Game 4 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series Monday night at the TD Garden. The Heat lead the series, 3-1, as it shifts back to Miami:
Even after his best regular season in a Celtics uniform, Glen Davis entered the 2011 postseason with the reputation as a player that upped his performance in the playoffs. With Boston's season slipping away after Monday's loss, Boston is still waiting for Davis to show up. A fact that even he isn't even attempting to hide from.
"I've been nowhere to be found this whole playoffs," sighed Davis. "I need to find myself."
He's got about 48 hours. The Celtics need to win three straight to prolong their season and an uptick in production from Davis would go a long way starting in Wednesday's Game 5. After watching his minutes get thinned in Saturday's Game 3 triumph, Davis logged 16:37 during Monday's Game 4 and emerged with little to show for that time on the floor. He misfired on three of the four shots he put up and finished with four points, no rebounds, and a turnover.
"I need to ask somebody [where Davis' game is]. I don't know, I don't know where I'm at," said Davis. "This is my time of year. This is my type. This is what I do. This is what I've been doing all this year, all my years of playing with the Celtics, [the] playoffs have always been when I've played best. It's not showing right now."
Davis averaged 7.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in 20.1 minutes per game during the playoffs last season. He even won games for Boston during that run to the NBA Finals (see the Shrek & Donkey Game vs. the Lakers). But after averaging a career-best 11.7 points and 4.2 rebounds over 29.5 minutes per game during the regular season, Davis' production has dipped dramatically this postseason.
Entering Monday's action, Davis was averaging 4.9 points and 4.3 rebounds over 22.6 minutes per game.
"Glen wasn't in that [first-round] series [vs. the Knicks], either; Just one game," said Davis. Asked where the real Davis went, Big Baby just shrugged and offered: "I don't know. [But I've] got to find it. I've got to find it."
--WEST PICKS UP THE BENCH SLACK--
Now we know why Celtics coach Doc Rivers was so concerned about Delonte West's health after suffering a left shoulder bruise in Saturday's Game 3 triumph. West has been far and away Boston's top bench contributor this series, particularly on the offensive end.
For the fourth straight game, West reached double figures by chipping in 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting over nearly 30 minutes. West even hit a monster fourth-quarter 3-pointer that helped force overtime before Boston let the game slip away in the extra session.
West is shooting 55.6 percent from the floor (15 of 27 overall) for this series and has made seven 3-pointers. He admitted his shoulder is sore, but continues to stress that everyone is banged up at this point and refused to use the injury as an excuse for any struggles.
--LAYUP LINE: ALLEN ON 3-1 DEFICIT; J.O. GETS ANOTHER FLAGRANT FOUL--
* Ray Allen on the challenge of being down 3-1 heading back to Miami: "These are those moments, when you write papers, books, poems, quotes, whatever it is, these are those moments. I look forward to it, it’s a challenge I think everyone on this team, we know we have to do. We can’t talk about it, we just got to put our best foot forward. It’s not going to get any easier, but that’s what makes it that much more special if you can pull it off. We won’t talk about it, we just go out, we know the effort we put out there tonight it has to be better.”
* Jeff Green on the confidence level of the Celtics heading into Game 5: "I still believe. I still have all the confidence in the world in our team. I know that we can take it one game at a time and come back and win this series. We just had to come out and do it and execute it and continue to play defense."
* Asked about Chris Bosh's performance on Monday, Kevin Garnett barked: "Next question." Asked about putting this game behind him, Garnett said simply: "Losing is always hard."
* Jermaine O'Neal got tagged with his second flagrant-1 foul of the postseason, this time for a swipe that knocked LeBron James' headband off on a drive to the basket in the first quarter. O'Neal's first flagrant of the series, which came for an elbow that knocked down James Jones as he ran through the paint in Game 1, was later rescinded and it seemed likely that the one he earned in Game 4 would at least be reviewed by the league as well.