Davis injures knee, will have MRI on Thursday

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Davis injures knee, will have MRI on Thursday

By JessicaCamerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- In Glen Davis mind, succumbing to the pain was not an option.

Not when so many other players had already gone down.

Not when his team needed him on the court.

And so he played. He played when his left leg bothered him. He played when he felt so much pain that he questioned whether or not he could suit up.

No one forced him to do it. Davis felt it was his personal responsibility to the Boston Celtics.

I just felt obligated to play through the pain, he told CSNNE.com.

But on Wednesday night, the pain got the best of him. Davis suffered a left patella tendon strain going up for shot attempt late in the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns. He was helped off the court by the Celtics team doctor and will undergo an MRI on Thursday.

His status for Fridays game against the Golden State Warriors has yet to be determined.

Davis was aware he was risking further injury, but playing with pain was more than some of his teammates could do. Seeing big men Kevin Garnett, Shaquille ONeal, Jermaine ONeal, Kendrick Perkins, and Semih Erden sidelined throughout this season only fueled his desire to stay on the court.

He is the Celtics sixth man (11.6 points, 5.3 rebounds per game), a role he takes very seriously as they fight for another championship. Davis is one of just three Celtics to appear in every game this season.

We dont have a lot of bodies, he said. With all the bodies going down, I think itd be a different experience if I went down. The fact that I can play so many different positions, coming off the bench, scoring points, helping out in so many ways, I think its just tough. So if I can play to the point where its not disabling me from playing, it just hurts bad, I can tough through it. But if its the point where I cant function, I cant play.

Davis does not feel he is at that point yet. He walked through the Celtics locker room after the game on his own. But its not like he would allow any discomfort to show on his face anyways.

He believes he developed a high tolerance for pain from playing football in high school. Take a hit and keep on moving.

Besides, he was told, the best dont let pain hold them back.

A wise man told me that one thing about a great player is theyre available, he said. A great player is available. They make themselves available. They dont let little nicks and knacks stop them, they play through it. Thats just the way I feel.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter athttp:twitter.comjcameratoNBA

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Celtics-Raptors preview: DeRozan, Lowry a challenge for Bradley, C's

Celtics-Raptors preview: DeRozan, Lowry a challenge for Bradley, C's

BOSTON – Avery Bradley doesn’t mind being a standout, but this is probably not what he had in mind. 

Injuries have ravaged the Boston Celtics’ starting five to the point where only one player, Bradley, has been with the first unit in all 22 games this season. 

Just like Bradley was looked upon to step his game up in the absence of Isaiah Thomas (right groin) at Orlando on Wednesday, he will once again be challenged to lead Boston (13-9) to victory tonight when the Thomas-less Celtics face the Toronto Raptors. 

Bradley’s emergence as a two-way talent this season has overshadowed at times what has been another season of elite play defensively. 

And he’ll need to be on top of his defensive game tonight against a Raptors All-Star backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. 

Both Lowry and DeRozan present a different kind of challenge for Bradley who will spend time defending each of them at various points during the game. 

Lowry has good size, strength and deceptive quickness in addition to an under-rated perimeter game that will keep Bradley on his toes for sure. 

This season he's averaging 20.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and a career-high 7.6 assists while shooting 42.9 percent on 3's which is also a career mark. 

And DeRozan is having the kind of season that might get him a few league MVP votes. 

His 28.0 points per game ranks fifth in the NBA, but making his numbers even more impressive is that unlike most guards DeRozan doesn’t generate much offense from three-pointers.

DeRozan averages 1.8 three-point attempts per game which is the fewest attempts among any player ranked among the league’s top-25 scorers.

The 6-foot-7 All-Star is the master of the mid-range game which accounts for 31.5 percent of the points he scores. And when he’s not shooting the mid-range, he’s working a defender in one-on-one iso-situations. 

That helps explain why 76.4 percent of his two-point made field goals are unassisted. 

But here’s the thing about Bradley. 

As much as we give him props for what he does defensively, it’s his offense that has put him on the map as a potential All-Star this season. 

Bradley is averaging a career-high 17.9 points while shooting 47.2 percent from the field. He’s also averaging a career-high 7.8 rebounds per game in addition to shooting a career-high 40.7 percent on 3's.

But for Bradley, individual accolades are only going to come his way by the Celtics winning games; preferably against above-average teams like the Toronto Raptors.

And that would make both Bradley and the Celtics stand out this season.