Davis: Magic can beat Celtics in playoffs


Davis: Magic can beat Celtics in playoffs

BOSTON -- Glen Davis visited with his former teammates in the Boston Celtics locker room before their game against his new team, the Orlando Magic.

Following the Celtics 102-98 win, Davis dropped by again, talking with Kevin Garnett and childhood friend Brandon Bass.

But make no mistake -- Davis wants to top the Cs. He thinks the Magic can should the two teams meet in the playoffs.

The Celtics (37-26) clinched the Atlantic Division with the win and are seeded fourth, while the Magic (36-26) are in the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference. With just a few games remaining, the positions could change by the start of the playoffs.

I think were capable of beating them, Davis said after the game. Today we didnt have two of our guys (Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu) and they didnt have two of their guys (Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo), but at the same time we had a big missing piece today and we still came out there and played the right way and was in the game.

A four-year member of the Celtics, Davis was traded to the Magic this offseason in the Bass deal.

Davis scored a team-high 27 points (12-16 FG, 3-6 FT) and grabbed seven rebounds in 35 minutes.

With the victory, the Celtics took the regular season series against the Magic, 3-0. Even so, Davis is still confident in what his new team can do in the playoffs.

Whatever happens, happens, he said. Whoever we play, Indiana or Boston, we are going to bring energy and we are going to play hard. Thats all that matters.

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.