By A.Sherrod Blakely
MIAMI The playoffs didn't go the way Boston Celtics forward Glen Davis expected, personally or for his team.
The Celtics lost the series, four games to one, to the Miami Heat with Wednesday's 97-87 loss in Game 5.
And for most of the series, Davis looked and played like he was, well, lost.
That's usually not a good thing for an undersized power forward who looks to have bulked up in all the wrong places, and who is about to hit the free agent market.
When you throw in the uncertainty that exists because of the potential NBA work stoppage (or lockout, depending on your semantics), there's no sense of how Davis will fare as an unrestricted free agent this summer.
In nine playoff games this year, Davis averaged 4.9 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 39 percent from the field -- all below his career playoff numbers in those categories.
Even with the struggles, Davis remains convinced his struggles in the playoffs this year won't impact his free agency.
"You can't just base it off this playoffs," Davis said. "My whole body of work, I feel like I can play in this league, I can start in this league. From my second year when Kevin Garnett went down, my third year. . . And this year was my best year. I just didn't play well in the playoffs this year. But things happen like that. I don't think these playoffs will hurt me as much."
In the regular season, Davis averaged a career-highs in points per game (11.7) and rebounds per game (5.4).
Had he produced similar numbers in the Heat series, there's a very good chance that the Celtics would still be getting ready for another playoff game.
While Davis expects teams to express interest in re-signing him, he's not completely shutting the door on returning to Boston.
"I love Boston. That's where I started at," Davis said. "I plan on wishing I could stay, but you never know. The Kendrick Perkins situation; he'd been here eight years. He wanted to stay. But it just might not work my way. That's just how it is."