Davis goes into free agency after poor playoff run


Davis goes into free agency after poor playoff run

By A.Sherrod Blakely

MIAMI The playoffs didn't go the way Boston Celtics forward Glen Davis expected, personally or for his team.

The Celtics lost the series, four games to one, to the Miami Heat with Wednesday's 97-87 loss in Game 5.

And for most of the series, Davis looked and played like he was, well, lost.

That's usually not a good thing for an undersized power forward who looks to have bulked up in all the wrong places, and who is about to hit the free agent market.

When you throw in the uncertainty that exists because of the potential NBA work stoppage (or lockout, depending on your semantics), there's no sense of how Davis will fare as an unrestricted free agent this summer.

In nine playoff games this year, Davis averaged 4.9 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 39 percent from the field -- all below his career playoff numbers in those categories.

Even with the struggles, Davis remains convinced his struggles in the playoffs this year won't impact his free agency.

"You can't just base it off this playoffs," Davis said. "My whole body of work, I feel like I can play in this league, I can start in this league. From my second year when Kevin Garnett went down, my third year. . . And this year was my best year. I just didn't play well in the playoffs this year. But things happen like that. I don't think these playoffs will hurt me as much."

In the regular season, Davis averaged a career-highs in points per game (11.7) and rebounds per game (5.4).

Had he produced similar numbers in the Heat series, there's a very good chance that the Celtics would still be getting ready for another playoff game.

While Davis expects teams to express interest in re-signing him, he's not completely shutting the door on returning to Boston.

"I love Boston. That's where I started at," Davis said. "I plan on wishing I could stay, but you never know. The Kendrick Perkins situation; he'd been here eight years. He wanted to stay. But it just might not work my way. That's just how it is."

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Celtics hope to rebound after being outplayed by Bulls on the boards

Celtics hope to rebound after being outplayed by Bulls on the boards

Following Thursday’s 105-99 loss to the Chicago Bulls, the Boston Celtics will be on the prowl to rebound – literally – from its first defeat of the season.

Because for all that did not go right in Thursday night’s loss, the way Boston was beaten on the boards stands out emphatically.

“They got 24 more shots than us. We only turned it over (12) times,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters after the loss. “So that’s the obvious place they’re getting their possessions, on the glass. That’s going to be the number one thing, that has been the number one thing. It’s something we’ve talked about. We have to get better at it.”


Boston was out-rebounded 55-36 on the boards which heavily factored into Chicago’s 18-5 advantage in second-chance points.

In the Celtics' 122-117 win over Brooklyn on Wednesday, Boston won the overall rebounding battle 47-44, but had just 12 offensive rebounds compared to Brooklyn's 15 offensive boards. Despite the close margin, the Nets won the battle on the offensive glass running away, outscoring the Celtics 23-13 in second-chance points.

Stevens decided to start Tyler Zeller ahead of Amir Johnson to begin the third quarter, hoping Zeller would be a better matchup on the glass than Johnson who did not grab a single rebound in the 11 minutes of court time he got in the first half.

While Zeller did do a few good things on the glass and scoring in half-court sets, it wasn’t enough to swing the momentum Chicago was steadily gaining due to its ability to control the boards.

“I wasn’t real surprised but at the same time I knew it could happen,” Zeller told reporters, referring to Stevens’ decision to have him start the second half. “They did a good job of coming out and setting the tone. They beat us up on the boards, especially the first half. It’s something we have to get better at and continue to grow at.”

And it’s not a one-player or one-position issue, either.

Usually we think of bigs when it comes to rebounding. But Boston’s guards need to step up their rebounding game as well.

The struggles thus far have to be put in the context of this being just two games, the latter being the season opener for the Bulls who were jacked up more than usual due to it being the first game for Chicago native Dwyane Wade and ex-Celtic Rajon Rondo.

“We have to focus on boxing out,” said Boston’s Jaylen Brown. “Guards have to do a better job. Guys like me, Al (Horford), Amir (Johnson), Tyler (Zeller) ... We have to do a good job of coming in the weak side and grabbing those; just focus on it, pay more attention to detail.”