Perhaps most importantly for Davis, he once again became a multi-tooled weapon for Boston. Instead of settling solely for jump shots, he began producing in the paint. With just over four minutes to play in the third frame he took the ball on the left wing, drove right into the paint, spun his way towards the hoop and converted a layup on the right side. Minutes into the fourth quarter he positioned himself in the paint and rose up for another easy layup off of a feed from Von Wafer on the right side.
And despite his recent shooting woes, Davis didn't hesitate to resort back to the jump shot when he needed to, and with 4:27 remaining in the game, he squared up for a crucial jumper from the left corner, giving Boston a 72-71 edge at the time. It was the start of an impressive three-minute stretch for Davis, who fed Carlos Arroyo for a right-corner 3-pointer two minutes later, buried another jumper over Andray Blatche a minute after that, and capped off his 10-point fourth-quarter scoring burst with a pair of free throws after selling a foul on Othyus Jeffers along the baseline with just over a minute to go in regulation.
Glen Davis has been struggling. He's shooting 37% in the 7 games this month. He's averaging a season low (per month) 3.6 rebounds.
And while he's the butt of many jokes, Davis is still a crucial part of this team's success. He has played well enough to be Doc's go-to big man in the closing minutes of games (an honor not even the immortal Kendrick Perkins could routinely claim).
Last night we saw the good Glen Davis (minus the lack of rebounds). The big man who can back down an opponent and get crafty in the post. Not chuck 18 footer after 18 footer.
It's unfair to single out Big Baby because he's one of many Celtics "off" his game lately. He's also one of many who will need to be "on" if Boston makes a run.