Davis doesn't let sore back stop him

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Davis doesn't let sore back stop him

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON - Dont let the ice wrapped around Glen Davis back fool you. He wont let the pain keep him off the court.

Davis tweaked his lower back shooting around on Sunday before the Celtics game against the Pacers. While he doesnt know exactly how it happened or what kind of treatment he will require, he is adamant about one thing.

Oh, Im not sitting out, he said, adding, It hurt it before the game. Ive got to get it checked by (Celtics trainer) Ed (Lacerte) and then I can really speak about it, but right now it hurts.

Davis played through the pain and scored 18 points in 35 minutes off the bench. Any aches were unnoticeable during the game, as he shot 8-for-14 from the field and grabbed six rebounds.

The Pacers were unable to defend Davis jumper, which he estimates he took 5,000 shots a day to improve. He continues to utilize the pick-and-pop to stifle the opponent.

Davis scored in double-digits for the seventh consecutive game on Sunday. He is averaging nearly 16 points during that stretch.

It helps because also I can guard the centers, he explained. When you guard the centers and then turn around and stretch the floor, it helps because they cant recover from that far.

Davis is confident he can recover from his bothersome back. And even when he does feel pain, he has motivation to play through it.

Wins, its all about the big W, he said. Thats all I want to is win. I dont want to do nothing else. Thats it.

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First Celtics practice 'a little different' but 'feels right' for Horford

First Celtics practice 'a little different' but 'feels right' for Horford

WALTHAM, Mass. – NBA players are creatures of habit so you can understand why Al Horford was just a little bit out of his element on his first practice with the Boston Celtics.
 
After nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Horford hit the free agent market this summer and signed a four-year, $113 million with the Celtics.
 
Horford acknowledged that his first practice with the Celtics “was a little different” but added, “It’s definitely a weird feeling, but it feels right to be here.”

Players, coaches, national pundits, the list is seemingly endless when it comes to folks who believe Horford is an ideal fit with the Boston Celtics.
 
“He can do score in the paint, shoot 3s, defend, pass, he can do it all out there,” Amir Johnson told CSNNE.com. “He’s going to fit in well with us.”
 
But like any rookie or newcomer to a team, Horford admitted he had some moments when he was a step or two late getting to where he needed to be on the floor.
 
“We’re running through a lot of plays, a lot of concepts being thrown out,” Horford said. “It’s a matter of getting comfortable with all the sets.”
 
As much as he will work to figure things out, Horford is wise enough to know he’ll need the help of his new teammates, too.
 
“I’m going to lean on a lot of the guys,” Horford said. “I’ll definitely ask a lot of questions. Avery (Bradley) already has gotten in my ear, anything I need he’s there for me. I just want to get acclimated as fast as I can.”
 
Horford also said that head coach Brad Stevens has been extremely helpful in assisting him in speeding up his learning curve.
 
“Coach (Stevens) is very sharp, very . . .  he explains things well,” Horford said. “He explains things well. He wants practice to move along. The pace of practice, definitely a faster pace.”
 
But you won’t find Horford complaining.
 
Horford is clearly excited about starting this new chapter in his basketball career.
 
“For me it’s more of a relief, finally being here in Boston, house, being settled,” Horford said. “Now we can just focus on the season.”