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.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter at http:twitter.comjcamerato

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Celtics-Kings preview: Watch out for Cousins’ supporting cast

BOSTON –  There is no mistaking DeMarcus Cousins is priority No. 1 when it comes to beating the Sacramento Kings.
 
But dealing with elite individual players hasn’t been a huge problem for the Celtics.
 
It’s their supporting cast that are usually the game’s biggest difference-makers and where the Celtics have faltered.
 
Limiting Sacramento’s role players will be key to the Celtics (10-8) getting back on a winning track after losing 121-114 at home to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.
 
Going into that game, all eyes were on Andre Drummond who has emerged as one of the league’s premier centers. And the former UConn product didn’t disappoint as he scored 25 points to go with 17 rebounds. 
 
But Drummond’s play didn’t decide the game’s outcome.
 
It was the dribble-drive penetration of Ish Smith (19 points, eight rebounds, eight assists), the red-hot shooting of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (25 points) and the inside-outside work of Jon Leuer (12 points, seven rebounds) that ultimately sealed the Celtics’ fate. 
 
The Kings (7-11) have a number of players that, in addition to Cousins, can be problematic for the Celtics if they are not careful.
 
Rudy Gay, whose name will continue to be thrown about as potentially being traded, has put up borderline All-Star numbers for most of his career.
 
This season, the 10-year veteran is averaging 19.6 points, 3.1 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game from the wing-forward position.
 
Darren Collison is averaging 12.9 points per game along with 4.9 assists from the point guard position. While he’s not known as a great shooter (he’s shooting 34.8 percent on 3s this season), his speed and ability to get into the paint is something the Celtics have to limit.
 
The bottom line is Boston’s defense has to do a better job at not only accounting for the King’s main star, but also the talent around him.
 
“There’s a reason why guys are in the NBA,” Boston’s Amir Johnson told CSNNE.com recently. “You know everybody in this league can play and if you’re not careful, they can play well against you and your team. We just have to do a better job defensively against everyone, really.”
 
And part of that starts with having the right attitude.
 
“We have to get a little more nastier on the defensive end and not let a team come in and get comfortable,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder. “It’s not been an ongoing thing. It happened [against Detroit] and it happened in the Denver game; a couple games. For the most part we’ve been trying to impose our will first.”