Davis: 'No need to hold back

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Davis: 'No need to hold back

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- Glen Davis was tired, and understandably so. In less than 48 hours he had played a game in Cleveland, flown back to Boston, and played another game the following night.

Along the way, he logged nearly 60 minutes on the court.

Of course Davis isn't the only athlete to go through this grind. Back-to-back contests in different cities is part of the NBA lifestyle.

But Davis did more than just play in two basketball games.

He played some of the best basketball of his career.

In the two games, Davis posted 33 points, 18 rebounds, and 5 assists off the bench. Add in last week's game against the New Jersey Nets and he is averaging 17 points and shooting better than 56 percent from the field (22-of-39 field-goal attempts) in his last three outings.

"I've just been getting the right shots at the right place," Davis told CSNNE.com. "Playing within the offense, knowing when I've got to shoot it, knowing when I shouldn't shoot it. My teammates have been hitting me while I've been open."

Davis explained his efficiency nonchalantly, but this is a significant improvement in his game. Last season he averaged 6.3 points (43.7 FG) in 17.3 minutes. This season Davis' role in the Celtics second unit has increased.

Part of it has to do with injuries -- Davis is bumped up in the rotation with Kendrick Perkins and Jermaine ONeal sidelined. Another part has to do with the fact that he has been a major contributor off the bench. His name has already been mentioned in Sixth Man of the Year conversations.

"He's just playing good team ball," said Shaquille O'Neal. "He's taking the wide-open shot when it's there and he's shooting a high proficiency."

Davis began the season on a rocky note when he expressed uncertainty about his role on the Celtics. Now he's riding the trust Doc Rivers has instilled in him. There is no more questioning his place on the team - or his shot on the court.

"I've been taking the open shots," he said. "There's no need to hold back, especially if it's within the offense. It's Doc having more trust in me, making sure I do what I have to do. He just says play your role, do what you've got to do."

The less Davis holds back, the further ahead the Celtics can go.

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Bradley (Achilles) 'felt good' during return to Celtics lineup

Bradley (Achilles) 'felt good' during return to Celtics lineup

WALTHAM, Mass. – As the final horn blew in Boston’s 108-98 win over Charlotte on Monday night, the game was a win-win kind of night for Avery Bradley.

The Celtics (26-15) continue rolling over opponents at the TD Garden, and he played a relatively pain-free 33 minutes in the win.

It was Bradley’s first game back after missing the previous four with a strained right Achilles injury.

And the fact that he was back on the practice floor on Tuesday (be it a light practice, mind you), bodes well for his injury being a thing of the past now.

“I felt good. It wasn’t sore at all in the game,” Bradley said. “I felt I was moving good. After the game I was a little sore and this morning, but otherwise I felt good.”

Despite Boston being 4-1 this season when Bradley doesn’t play, he has immense value to this Celtics team at both ends of the floor.

Offensively he has been Boston’s second-leading scorer most of this season and currently averages a career-high 17.7 points per game along with 6.9 rebounds which is also a career high.

And defensively, Bradley is coming off a season in which he was named to the NBA’s all-Defensive First Team for the first time.

Any questions or concerns about the Achilles affecting his play defensively were put to rest Monday night when he put the defensive clamps on Nicolas Batum who missed nine of his 11 shots from the field while primarily being guarded by Bradley.

Now his offense, that’s another story.

Bradley failed to reach double digits scoring for the first time this season as he missed seven of his nine shots on Monday to finish with just five points.

But part of that had to do with Bradley passing up shots he normally takes, as well as him missing some he normally knocks down.

Considering his lay-off and the rhythm his teammates have been in shooting the ball in his absence, Bradley wisely decided to get his defensive bearings on track and gradually bring his offensive game around. 

“I have to get my (shooting) rhythm back,” said Bradley who is making a career-best 40.9 percent of his 3-pointers this season. “I’m fine. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s game.”