Davis playing too many minutes for Rivers' liking

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Davis playing too many minutes for Rivers' liking

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

BOSTON Glen Davis once again took more shots from the field than any other Boston Celtic in Monday night's 108-102 loss to Houston.

Shooting wasn't the problem. Davis had 12 points as he hit 6-for-14 from the floor.

His defense was another story.

Houston's Luis Scola only had 12 points, but all but two of those points came in the third quarter in which the Rockets increased their one-point lead at the half, to six.

Most of Scola's points came with Davis defending him.

Davis' struggles defensively mirrored and entire Celtics team that turned in what coach Doc Rivers described as one of the worst defensive efforts he has seen in the last three or four seasons.

As for Davis, Rivers believes Davis' problems is quite simple: He's playing too many minutes.

On Monday, Davis played just more than any other Celtics player (including Rajon Rondo) with just under 38 minutes of action.

"He's getting too many minutes, honestly," said Rivers, who was quick to blame himself. "Thirty-eight minutes is too many for Baby. That's too many minutes and that's on me. Baby shouldn't play more than in the thirty-range, because I think the fatigue is bothering him."

But when Rivers looks down at his injury-riddled bench, it's not like he's got a ton of options to choose from as a substitution for Davis.

Luke Harangody had a double-double on Friday against Toronto, but you have to put his 17-point, 11-rebound performance in perspective.

It was against the Toronto Raptors.

"Luke's playing OK," Rivers said. "But we may have to go small."

A small lineup likely means more action for Marquis Daniels, who had 19 points off the Celtics bench against the Rockets.

Daniels has been one of the few players for the C's off the bench who seems to actually play better when given quality minutes.

Because of Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, Daniels' minutes aren't likely to get too outrageous.

In an earlier interview with CSNNE.com, Daniels talked about his ever-changing role with the Celtics this season.

"Doc knows I'm up for whatever he needs me to do, whatever position he wants me to play," Daniels said. "With this team, it's all about finding ways to win. I'll do whatever Doc needs me to do, to make that happen."

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Raptors, in pursuit of Celtics in playoff race, lose Lowry for perhaps rest of regular season

Raptors, in pursuit of Celtics in playoff race, lose Lowry for perhaps rest of regular season

The Eastern Conference playoff race, seemingly altered by the moves -- and non-moves (hello there, Celtics) -- of some of the contenders, just took another twist.

The Raptors, bolstered by the acquisition of Serge Ibaka and appearing poised to make a run toward the top of the standings after a come-from-behind victory over the Celtics on Friday, were hit with a body blow Monday when it was announced All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry needs surgery on his right wrist and may miss the remainder of the regular season.

ESPN reports Lowry is expected to be sidelined from four to eight weeks. Toronto hopes to have him back for the playoffs.

The Raptors are currently in fourth place in the conference at 35-24, trailing Cleveland (40-17), Boston (38-21) and Washington (34-23). Without Lowry, and facing a rough, six-of-their-next-seven-games-on-the-road stretch, Toronto may stop focusing on catching the Wizards and/or Celtics and focus on holding off Atlanta (32-26) in order to hold onto home-court in the first round.

Lowry, 30, who missed the last two games because of the injury, is averaging a career-best 22.8 points per game. He also is averaging 6.9 assists and 4.7 rebounds.

Dennis Schroder doubles down on claims Isaiah Thomas took family trash talk too far

Dennis Schroder doubles down on claims Isaiah Thomas took family trash talk too far

Dennis Schroder isn't backing down.

The Atlanta Hawks point guard again was asked about Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, and the budding rivalry between the two players that's turned into a rivalry between the two teams. Thomas, of course, was accused by Schroder of taking his trash talking a bit too far during the teams' last meeting, a 103-101 Celtics victory last month in which Thomas hit the game-winning shot with just seconds remaining.

Thomas' comments allegedly were about Schroder's family, per Schroder himself. Thomas has since repeatedly denied the claims. So does Schroder still deny Thomas' side of the story?

“I mean, yeah. Everybody heard it, too," Schroder said. "My family sat courtside too. And (Hawks teammate) Thabo (Sefolosha) heard some things, you know, and he was involved in it. But it is what it is. Like I said, we just try to compete. And you know, it’s getting heated in the game. It is what it is."

Schroder didn't dive much deeper than denying Thomas' claims of innocence. But is there something about Thomas inparticular that gets under Schroder's skin or runs him the wrong way?

Nah, I mean he’s a great player, he’s showing it this year," Schroder said. "I mean, what he did in the playoffs last year was just not, you know, professional. And I think nobody wants to see that but it’s fine. We just try to compete and try to help our team win the basketball game."

Schroder was referring to the back-and-forth physical play between himself and Thomas that resulted in flagrant fouls for both during the first-round playoff matchup betweein the clubs, a series Atlanta eventually won four games to two. Thomas' status was in doubt for Game 4 of the series after a hit to Schroder's head in Game 3, but the now two-time All-Star ultimately was allowed to play.

"Everybody’s competitive. Everybody tries to get out, get after it," Schroder explained when asked if his feud with Thomas fuels his team any extra. "I think it’s a big game tonight and the team knows it. I’m pretty sure the Celtics know it too. It’s getting close to the playoffs and every game counts."

Boston and Atlanta tip off from TD Garden at 7:30 p.m.