By A. Sherrod Blakely
NEW ORLEANS Throughout this season, Glen Davis has made a point of trying to provide whatever the Celtics are lacking.
When the season began, they needed a reliable scorer off the bench.
When Kevin Garnett wasn't on the floor, someone in the frontcourt had to step up defensively to make an impact.
With Kendrick Perkins gone, the Celtics now are looking for him to be step his game up on the boards.
And Davis, as he has done time and time again, has proven he's up to the challenge.
The former LSU star comes into tonight's game against the New Orleans Hornets averaging 5.5 rebounds per game this season. He has been even more impressive since returning to the lineup four games ago after suffering a left knee injury.
In Boston's last four games, Davis is averaging an impressive 9.3 rebounds per game.
"He's been rebounding, which we need," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "He's doing a nice job. We need everybody to rebound, honestly. He's fulfilling that. He's doing that for us."
For Davis, he says it's just another side of his game that he's exposing to the world.
"That's one of my strengths, rebounding," said Davis, who led the SEC in rebounding as a senior with the Tigers in addition to being the conference's third-leading scorer. "I'm just trying to do a little bit of everything."
That's exactly what the Celtics need during this transition period in which they are trying to finish out the season strong, but also integrate a roster that includes five players who have been with the team less than a month.
While out with his left knee injury suffered on March 2 against Phoenix, Davis had a chance to watch a lot of video.
The more he watched, the more he realized that there were many nights, too many by Davis' account, in which he simply didn't go after rebounds like he should.
"Right now I'm just trying to gobble everything up," Davis told CSNNE.com.
His timing could not be more perfect now that the regular season is down to just 15 games which is around when teams start making their postseason push.
"We only got 15 more games left in the regular season; starting to get in that mentality in the postseason," Davis said.