Ailing Davis holds himself accountable

191544.jpg

Ailing Davis holds himself accountable

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON - Glen Davis estimates he drank four gallons of Pedialyte. His fever was running between 102 and 103 degrees (among other undesirable ailments), and he contemplated whether or not he would even play.

But he made the decision to take the court on Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets, and by the end of the game he wasnt giving himself any leeway for being under-the-weather.

Davis (16 points) held himself accountable for the performance of the second unit, which allowed the Nuggets to chip away at a nearly 20-point lead during the Cs 105-89 victory.

It wasnt too good to be true, he said of the Celtics 19-point edge in the first quarter. Were capable of doing that. But I didnt lead the second team good enough for us to keep that lead.

Doc Rivers praised his team for being an unselfish club and was happy with the way the starters shared the ball early on. But that changed when he turned to the bench.

To me, the second unit came in and they did the exact opposite, Rivers said. They miss a couple shots, the ball starts sticking, and then they start getting back at each other by not passing, and they forgot what we do. They stopped playing defense.

That doesnt sit well with Davis.

He views himself as the connection between the first unit and the second unit given the amount of minutes he plays with the starting five. Davis believes that he, Nate Robinson, and Marquis Daniels, are the biggest factors off the bench when the Celtics starters are out of the game.

And he takes his leadership role very seriously.

When I notice things like that, I need to adjust, I need to motivate, I need to do something out there because Im the guy that makes the second team go, he said. Im a mirror of the first team because I play a lot with the first team. So Ive got to somehow, some way, get the same momentum from the first team and use it to transfer to the second team.

Davis found himself playing with a little bit too much momentum on Wednesday when he got whistled for a double technical foul against Nene. The two got tangled up late in the fourth quarter and Davis was led away from the incident by Kevin Garnett.

Just two guys physically playing hard, explained Davis. He was playing a little out of control, hit me with an elbow, didnt like it, kind of got him off me, told me dont hit me with an elbow. No more. But thats it. Thats the nature of the game. Thats the way it is. Emotions, people play.

Davis understands what he has to do to play within the system and fuel the Celtics second unit. Now it is a matter of demonstrating it on the court.

Practice, good habits, paying attention to what the coaches want us to do, being a leader, he said of his methods. Making sure that I lead the second team, things like that. When things are going wrong, make sure that Im there to say, Hey guys, we need to play harder defense or Hey guys, we need to run this play.

With a bottle of orange Pedialyte in hand, Davis showed the maturity and accountability of someone eager to be a leader.

Follow Jessica Camerato on Twitter at http:www.twitter.comjcameratonba

2017 NBA title odds are out, Celtics rank second in the East

usatsi_7330000.jpg

2017 NBA title odds are out, Celtics rank second in the East

Teams are still fighting for the 2016 Larry O’Brien Trophy, but the 2017 NBA title opening odds have already been released by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. The Warriors unsurprisingly come in as heavy 3/2 favorites. The Cavaliers already punched their ticket for this year’s finals and are second, with 5/2 odds. Then there’s the Spurs, Thunder, and Clippers, as you’d expect rounding off the top five.

But then there’s the Celtics with 20-1 odds -- sixth-best in the NBA -- to raise Banner 18 next June.

With eight draft picks and a chunk of cap space, the Celtics are in a position to capitalize on any opportunities that may come their way. Though there is so much uncertainty at this point in the NBA calendar, Vegas must be hedging their bets on the Celtics making a leap towards contender status.

Celtics fans will also be happy to know the Nets have 500-1 odds to hoist the trophy next season, which ranks 30th of all teams. The Celtics of course have the right to swap first-round picks with the Nets in the 2017 draft, which could give them another swing at a superstar prospect.

Team Opening odds
Golden State Warriors 3/2
Cleveland Cavaliers 5/2
San Antonio Spurs 6/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 8/1
Los Angeles Clippers 16/1
Boston Celtics 20/1
Toronto Raptors 25/1
Miami Heat 25/1
Chicago Bulls 40/1
Atlanta Hawks 40/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 60/1
New Orleans Pelicans 60/1
Houston Rockets 60/1
Portland Trail Blazers 60/1
Memphis Grizzlies 80/1
Utah Jazz 80/1
Charlotte Hornets 80/1
Washington Wizards 100/1
Indiana Pacers 100/1
Dallas Mavericks 100/1
Milwaukee Bucks 100/1
Detroit Pistons 100/1
Los Angeles Lakers 100/1
New York Knicks 100/1
Sacramento Kings 100/1
Philadelphia 76ers 100/1
Orlando Magic 100/1
Denver Nuggets 100/1
Phoenix Suns 300/1
Brooklyn Nets 500/1

Warriors force Game 7 with 108-101 win over Thunder

usatsi_9314068.jpg

Warriors force Game 7 with 108-101 win over Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Klay Thompson made a playoff-record 11 3-pointers and scored 41 points, and the defending champion Golden State Warriors forced a seventh game in the Western Conference finals with a 108-101 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.

Stephen Curry bounced back from a slow start to finish with 29 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

The Warriors, who set the league's regular-season record with 73 wins, will host Game 7 on Monday. The winner will play Cleveland in the NBA Finals.

Oklahoma City dominated Games 3 and 4 at home, but the Warriors made 21 of 44 3-pointers on Saturday, while Oklahoma City was 3 of 23.

Kevin Durant scored 29 points and Russell Westbrook added 28 for the Thunder. But Durant made just 10 of 31 shots and Westbrook was 10 of 27.

Trying to become the 10th team to overcome a 3-1 deficit, the Warriors trailed much of the game and trailed by eight going to the fourth quarter.

Thompson kept them in it with four 3-pointers in just over seven minutes to start the period. Curry then hit two 3s, the second of which tied the game at 99 with 2:47 to play.

Thompson's 3 with 1:35 to play put the Warriors up 104-101.

The Thunder, who blew a number of fourth-quarter leads during the regular season, fell apart in the final minutes after Golden State had finally gone ahead for good.

Westbrook lost control of the ball, and after Thompson missed a 3, Westbrook turned the ball over again. Curry's layup with 14.3 seconds to play put the Warriors up by five, the Thunder turned it over again, and the Warriors were in the clear.

The Thunder led 23-20 after one quarter, then seized momentum early in the second. Steven Adams' powerful one-handed dunk on Draymond Green drew a roar from the crowd and gave Oklahoma City a 37-28 lead. Green, who had hit Adams in the groin area twice during the series, was a constant target for the vocal Thunder fans.

Thompson opened the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Warriors a 54-53 edge, but the Thunder closed the quarter strong and led 83-75 heading into the fourth.