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Big Baby's game continues to grow

Big Baby's game continues to grow

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

NEW ORLEANS Throughout this season, Glen Davis has made a point of trying to provide whatever the Celtics are lacking.

When the season began, they needed a reliable scorer off the bench.

Check.

When Kevin Garnett wasn't on the floor, someone in the frontcourt had to step up defensively to make an impact.

Check.

With Kendrick Perkins gone, the Celtics now are looking for him to be step his game up on the boards.

And Davis, as he has done time and time again, has proven he's up to the challenge.

The former LSU star comes into tonight's game against the New Orleans Hornets averaging 5.5 rebounds per game this season. He has been even more impressive since returning to the lineup four games ago after suffering a left knee injury.

In Boston's last four games, Davis is averaging an impressive 9.3 rebounds per game.

"He's been rebounding, which we need," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "He's doing a nice job. We need everybody to rebound, honestly. He's fulfilling that. He's doing that for us."

For Davis, he says it's just another side of his game that he's exposing to the world.

"That's one of my strengths, rebounding," said Davis, who led the SEC in rebounding as a senior with the Tigers in addition to being the conference's third-leading scorer. "I'm just trying to do a little bit of everything."

That's exactly what the Celtics need during this transition period in which they are trying to finish out the season strong, but also integrate a roster that includes five players who have been with the team less than a month.

While out with his left knee injury suffered on March 2 against Phoenix, Davis had a chance to watch a lot of video.

The more he watched, the more he realized that there were many nights, too many by Davis' account, in which he simply didn't go after rebounds like he should.

"Right now I'm just trying to gobble everything up," Davis told CSNNE.com.

His timing could not be more perfect now that the regular season is down to just 15 games which is around when teams start making their postseason push.

"We only got 15 more games left in the regular season; starting to get in that mentality in the postseason," Davis said.

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

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Mapping out the Celtics' next super long win streak

Mapping out the Celtics' next super long win streak

That Celtics win streak was dope. Let’s map out an even longer one that probably won’t happen. 

Nobody’s actually expecting them to keep the pace they’ve established with their recently concluded run. Still, with 63 games remaining, there’s still time for the Celtics to have up to three win streaks of even longer than 16 games. So, because it’s the holidays and the holidays are all about positivity (fun move you’ve probably picked up from movies: You can say “the holidays are all about _____” and just put in whatever you want and it will work), let’s map out the next win streak. 

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A big part of the Celtics’ 16-gamer (and get ready to say “duh”) is that they were better than a lot of the teams they beat. But they also beat one team that was without question better than them and beat a few teams that could certainly beat them on any given night. 

Here’s a rough breakdown of the 16 games: 

- Even if they didn’t go as smoothly as anticipated, nine games were against what could be classified as easy prey based on their rosters and how those teams were playing: The 76ers, the Knicks, the Kings, the Hawks twice, the Lakers, the Hornets, the Nets and the Mavericks. 

- Let’s say that the Heat (whom they played and beat during the streak before Miami snapped the streak Wednesday) and Magic weren’t perceived pushovers, but rather unremarkable opponents. 

- Four games were against what one could call worthy opponents for the Celtics: the Bucks, the Spurs (though they were missing Kawhi Leonard), the Thunder and the Raptors. 

- Nobody was ever pretending the Celtics were actually better than the Warriors. 

So that breaks the 16 games into one game against an unequivocally superior opponent, four against worthy opponents, two against unremarkable teams, and nine joke books. 

Of course, there are several variables that can be thrown into that, such as the fact that the C’s beat one of the aforementioned good teams (Toronto) without Kyrie Irving and nearly lost to two of those trash teams (Charlotte and Dallas). You can’t predict injuries just like you shouldn’t predict win streaks, but let’s take all the information we have and try to find the next one:

STARTING FRIDAY

Friday vs. Magic (trash; probable win)

Saturday at Pacers (unremarkable; potential loss)

A back-to-back after a holiday with the second game on the road against a team that’s been way better than expected? I don’t like the sound of it. 

Nov. 27 vs. Pistons (worthy opponent; potential loss)

Are they overrated? Maybe, but Pistons currently hold the second spot in the Eastern Conference. Whether it’s the Pacers or the Pistons, I think this short stretch prevents a speed bump. The streak might have to wait. 

STARTING NOV. 30

Nov. 30 against Sixers (upgraded to unremarkable based on recent play; still win)

Remember: The last streak started against the Sixers. Hopefully, Kyrie pays that fans’ way to Boston for a halftime reunion. 

Dec. 2 vs. Suns (trash; win)

Dec. 4 vs. Bucks (worthy opponent; win)

Celtics aren’t losing to those sons of guns twice at home. 

Dec. 6 vs. Dallas (trash; win)

Can you get revenge on a team for almost beating you? Yes. The Celtics will. 

Dec. 8 at Spurs (worthy opponent; win)

Until I see Kawhi on the court, this one is a win. 

Dec. 10 at Detroit (worthy opponent; win)

The Pistons play the Spurs, Bucks and Warriors the three previous games. They’ll be all tuckered out. 

Dec. 11 through Dec. 23 (mix of unremarkable and trash opponents; seven wins)

Dec. 25 vs. Wizards (worthy opponent; win)

Terry Rozier becomes a household name with a Christmas performance for the ages. 

Dec. 27 at Charlotte (trash; win) 

Dec. 28 vs. Houston (worthy opponent; win) 

Dec. 31 vs. Brooklyn (trash; loss)

The Celtics are 0-1 the days prior to holidays this season. The streak ends at 18. 

THE REST OF THE SEASON

We'll assess it then, but for now, let's say undefeated (including playoffs).

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