Davis playing too many minutes for Rivers' liking

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Davis playing too many minutes for Rivers' liking

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

BOSTON Glen Davis once again took more shots from the field than any other Boston Celtic in Monday night's 108-102 loss to Houston.

Shooting wasn't the problem. Davis had 12 points as he hit 6-for-14 from the floor.

His defense was another story.

Houston's Luis Scola only had 12 points, but all but two of those points came in the third quarter in which the Rockets increased their one-point lead at the half, to six.

Most of Scola's points came with Davis defending him.

Davis' struggles defensively mirrored and entire Celtics team that turned in what coach Doc Rivers described as one of the worst defensive efforts he has seen in the last three or four seasons.

As for Davis, Rivers believes Davis' problems is quite simple: He's playing too many minutes.

On Monday, Davis played just more than any other Celtics player (including Rajon Rondo) with just under 38 minutes of action.

"He's getting too many minutes, honestly," said Rivers, who was quick to blame himself. "Thirty-eight minutes is too many for Baby. That's too many minutes and that's on me. Baby shouldn't play more than in the thirty-range, because I think the fatigue is bothering him."

But when Rivers looks down at his injury-riddled bench, it's not like he's got a ton of options to choose from as a substitution for Davis.

Luke Harangody had a double-double on Friday against Toronto, but you have to put his 17-point, 11-rebound performance in perspective.

It was against the Toronto Raptors.

"Luke's playing OK," Rivers said. "But we may have to go small."

A small lineup likely means more action for Marquis Daniels, who had 19 points off the Celtics bench against the Rockets.

Daniels has been one of the few players for the C's off the bench who seems to actually play better when given quality minutes.

Because of Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, Daniels' minutes aren't likely to get too outrageous.

In an earlier interview with CSNNE.com, Daniels talked about his ever-changing role with the Celtics this season.

"Doc knows I'm up for whatever he needs me to do, whatever position he wants me to play," Daniels said. "With this team, it's all about finding ways to win. I'll do whatever Doc needs me to do, to make that happen."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Game notes: Celtics look to extend Kings’ Boston losing streak to nine

Game notes: Celtics look to extend Kings’ Boston losing streak to nine

BOSTON – Here are a few odds and ends to keep an eye on heading into tonight’s game against the Sacramento Kings: 
 
· The Celtics have won eight in a row over the Kings in Boston, with the last loss to Sacramento at the TD Garden coming on Jan. 19, 2007. Current Celtic Gerald Green was in the starting lineup that night. 

· Only six times in franchise history have the Celtics launched 38 or more 3-pointers in a game, four of which came in the month of November this season. 

· Speaking of 3-pointers, 36.2 percent of Boston’s shots are 3s. That ranks fifth in the league behind Houston, Cleveland, Brooklyn and Golden State.

· Don’t be surprised if Avery Bradley gets off to a good start tonight, especially from 3-point range. He’s shooting 59.1 percent on 3s in the first quarter which ranks second in the league. 

· Isaiah Thomas tallied 395 points scored in November, the most by a Celtic since John Havlicek had 406 points in November during the 1971-1972 season. 

· Boston leads the NBA in points scored (46.3 per game) by second-round picks. The Celtics’ second-round picks include Isaiah Thomas; Jae Crowder; Amir Johnson; Jonas Jerebko; Demetrius Jackson and Jordan Mickey.

· The Celtics are 5-0 this season when they outrebound an opponent. 

· Tonight’s game will be Boston’s fifth set of back-to-back games this season. In the first game, they are 3-1 this season. On the second night, they are 2-2.

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