Glen Davis leads the way in front of home crowd

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Glen Davis leads the way in front of home crowd

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

NEW ORLEANS Glen Davis was wearing the enemies' colors, but make no mistake about it, the Boston Celtics forward was definitely at home on Saturday night against the New Orleans Hornets.

Davis' play was among the keys to Boston rallying for an 89-85 win over the Hornets.

The 6-foot-7 forward grew up in nearby Baton Rouge, and starred at LSU.

Not surprisingly, he had several family members and friends in attendance.

And did he ever give them something to cheer for.

He scored 20 points off the bench, played solid defense and still managed to haul in eight rebounds.

It was yet another all-around effort for Davis who remains one of the NBA's top reserves.

"It's good to put on a show for the fans who don't get to see me play in person," Davis said.

Although he's known primarily for his ability to score, Davis continues to display the kind of balanced game that the Celtics have been wanting from him for years.

"Baby has been playing exceptional - more than exceptional - since he's come back from the injury," said Paul Pierce.

Davis suffered a strained Patella tendon in his left knee against Phoenix on March 2, an injury that kept him out for four games.

Since returning to the lineup, Davis has averaged 14 points and nine rebounds per game while shooting 51.9 percent from the field.

Better health is only part of Davis' improved play of late.

He understands that for the Celtics to achieve their only goal this year - bring home Banner 18 - he will have to step up his play and be more of an impact player.

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

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

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DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

BOSTON – The trip to the TD Garden is one that Jared Sullinger has made many times but never like this. 

The former Celtic was back in town with his new team, the Toronto Raptors who signed him to a one-year, $5.6 million deal after the Celtics rescinded their qualifying offer to him and thus made him an unrestricted free agent. 

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“I had a feeling it was going to go that way once they signed big Al (Horford), that they were going to let me go,” Sullinger said prior to Friday’s game.  “We were prepared for it. It is what it is. I’m happy these guys are doing well.”

And he hopes to say the same for himself sometime in the future after undergoing surgery to have a screw inserted in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot – the same foot he had season-ending surgery on during the 2014-2015 season with the Celtics. 

There’s no specific timetable as to when he’ll be back on the floor, and Sullinger is cool with that plan. 

“I don’t know. They’re hiding the protocol from me so I won’t rush; we’ll see,” said Sullinger who is still in a walking boot. 

The 6-foot-9 forward played well in the preseason and solidified himself as the team’s starting power forward. 

Now that he’s out with another injury, he’ll have to once again try and prove himself either later this season when he returns, or this summer when he becomes a free agent again.

For now, Sullinger is happy to be back in town, seeing lots of familiar faces, friends and ex-teammates that he says he still keeps in close contact with. 

“Some of these guys I considered like brothers to me,” Sullinger said. “IT (Isaiah Thomas), Jae Crowder to name a few. So I watch from a distance, I support from a distance. They’re playing well.”

In addition to his former teammates, the lines of communication remained open between him and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens as well. 

Stevens said the two exchanged text messages right before he had foot surgery, and afterwards. 

“Obviously, everyone here wishes a speedy recovery and hopefully he gets back on the court soon,” Stevens said. 

Sullinger has been an effective player during his time in the NBA, with career averages of 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. 

But this will be the third time in his five NBA seasons that he will miss a significant amount of time on the court due to an injury or recovering from an injury. 

Stevens acknowledged that he feels for Sullinger who once again has to go through rehabilitation in order to get back on the floor.

“I like Jared a lot,” Stevens said. “He’s a heck of a player, he’s a really smart guy. Got a lot of respect for him and it stinks that he’s got to go through that but he’ll come back strong I’m sure.”