Davis injures knee, will have MRI on Thursday


Davis injures knee, will have MRI on Thursday

By JessicaCamerato

BOSTON -- In Glen Davis mind, succumbing to the pain was not an option.

Not when so many other players had already gone down.

Not when his team needed him on the court.

And so he played. He played when his left leg bothered him. He played when he felt so much pain that he questioned whether or not he could suit up.

No one forced him to do it. Davis felt it was his personal responsibility to the Boston Celtics.

I just felt obligated to play through the pain, he told CSNNE.com.

But on Wednesday night, the pain got the best of him. Davis suffered a left patella tendon strain going up for shot attempt late in the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns. He was helped off the court by the Celtics team doctor and will undergo an MRI on Thursday.

His status for Fridays game against the Golden State Warriors has yet to be determined.

Davis was aware he was risking further injury, but playing with pain was more than some of his teammates could do. Seeing big men Kevin Garnett, Shaquille ONeal, Jermaine ONeal, Kendrick Perkins, and Semih Erden sidelined throughout this season only fueled his desire to stay on the court.

He is the Celtics sixth man (11.6 points, 5.3 rebounds per game), a role he takes very seriously as they fight for another championship. Davis is one of just three Celtics to appear in every game this season.

We dont have a lot of bodies, he said. With all the bodies going down, I think itd be a different experience if I went down. The fact that I can play so many different positions, coming off the bench, scoring points, helping out in so many ways, I think its just tough. So if I can play to the point where its not disabling me from playing, it just hurts bad, I can tough through it. But if its the point where I cant function, I cant play.

Davis does not feel he is at that point yet. He walked through the Celtics locker room after the game on his own. But its not like he would allow any discomfort to show on his face anyways.

He believes he developed a high tolerance for pain from playing football in high school. Take a hit and keep on moving.

Besides, he was told, the best dont let pain hold them back.

A wise man told me that one thing about a great player is theyre available, he said. A great player is available. They make themselves available. They dont let little nicks and knacks stop them, they play through it. Thats just the way I feel.

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Bradley's emergence as vocal leader speaks volumes about growth

Bradley's emergence as vocal leader speaks volumes about growth

BOSTON –  Terry Rozier was having a rough stretch where his minutes were limited and when he did play, he didn’t play particularly well.
Among the voices in his ear offering words of encouragement was Avery Bradley who knows all too well what Rozier was going through.
For all his time as a Celtic, Bradley has let his work on the floor do the talking for him.
But as the most tenured Celtic on the roster, his leadership has to be about more than just getting the job done, but servicing as a vocal leader as well.
For a player whose growth from one year to the next has been a constant, being a more vocal leader has been the one dynamic of his game that has improved the most during this past season.
And it is that kind of leadership that will carry into the summer what is a pivotal offseason for both Bradley and this Celtics franchise which was eliminated by Cleveland in the Conference finals, the first time the Celtics got that deep in the playoffs since 2012.
He is entering the final year of the four-year, $32 million contract he signed in 2014. And it comes at a time when his fellow Tacoma, Wash. native and backcourt mate Isaiah Thomas will likely hit free agency where he’s expected to command a max or near-max contract that would pay him an annual salary in the neighborhood of $30 million.
At this point in time, Bradley isn’t giving too much thought to his impending contract status.
Instead, he’s more consumed by finding ways to improve his overall game and in doing so, help guide the Celtics to what has to be their focus for next season – a trip to the NBA Finals.
While Celtics players have said their focus has always been on advancing as far into the playoffs as possible, it wasn’t until this past season did they actually provide hope and promise that Banner 18 may be closer than you think.
It was an emotional time for the Celtics, dealing with the unexpected death of Chyna Thomas, the younger sister of Isaiah Thomas, just hours before Boston’s first playoff game this season.
And then there were injuries such as Thomas’ right hip strain that ended his postseason by halftime of Boston’s Eastern Conference finals matchup with Cleveland.
But through that pain, we saw the emergence of Bradley in a light we have seldom seen him in as a Celtic.
We have seen him play well in the past, but it wasn’t until Thomas’ injury did we see Bradley showcase even more elements of his game that had been overlooked.
One of the constant knocks on Bradley has been his ball-handling.
And yet there were a number of occasions following Thomas’ playoff-ending injury, where Bradley attacked defenders off the dribble and finished with lay-ups and an occasional dunk in transition.
Among players who appeared in at least 12 playoff games this year, only Washington’s John Wall (7.9), Cleveland’s LeBron James (6.8) and Golden State’s Stephen Curry (5.2) averaged more points in transition than Bradley (4.7).
Bradley recognized the team needed him to be more assertive, do things that forced him to be more front-and-center which is part of his evolution in Boston as a leader on this team.
“It’s weird but players like Al (Horford) definitely helped me get out of my shell and pushed me this year to be more of a vocal leader,” Bradley said.
And that talent combined with Bradley doing what he does every offseason – come back significantly better in some facet of his game – speaks to how he’s steadily growing into being a leader whose actions as well as his words are impactful.