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Davis: 'I don't know where I'm at'

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Davis: 'I don't know where I'm at'

By JessicaCamerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON - If you see Glen Davis, please let him know. At this point in the postseason, he has no idea where to find himself.

Ive been nowhere to be found this whole playoffs, he said. I need to find myself.

Davis was left searching for words following the Celtics' Game 4 overtime loss to the Miami Heat on Monday night at TD Garden. Rather than providing his team with a necessary spark off the bench, the Celtics sixth man shot just 1-for-4 in nearly 17 minutes.

Im frustrated, he said. Really frustrated.

This isnt how Davis expected things to go. After all, he had stepped up many times before under postseason pressure. He entered the playoffs averaging a career-high 11.7 points in the regular season and looked forward to thriving on the big stage.

That hasnt been happening.

Instead, Davis has become an offensive non-factor in the Celtics' second unit. He has scored a total of 14 points in the first four games of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. His average? Just 3.5 points per game.

I dont know where Im at, he said. Its my type of year. This is what I do. My years of big playing with the Celtics, playoff ball, this is when I play best. Its not showing right now.

Davis cant pinpoint when he lost himself on the court, but says that with the exception of scoring 14 points in Game 4 against the New York Knicks, he wasnt there in the first round, either.

He says it all starts with believing in himself again. That, of course, is easier said than done.

Now facing elimination on Wednesday night in Miami, Davis has less than 48 hours to figure it out.

Ive got to find Glen, he said. I dont know where Glens at. I have no idea whos playing right now.

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Young Celtics playing high-level defense without fouling a lot

Young Celtics playing high-level defense without fouling a lot

When you’re an NBA rookie or early on in your career, there’s so much to learn, especially when it comes to playing defense.
 
Despite having at least two players with a year or less experience in the starting lineup and at least three or four other rookies who see regular action, Boston’s top-ranked defense has been able to do the seemingly impossible – defend without fouling a lot.
 
Boston comes into tonight’s game against Atlanta averaging 19.8 fouls committed per game which is the ninth-lowest total in the league.

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Celtics guard Kyrie Irving has some ideas as to how the team has been able to defend without fouling a ton.

“Our length, being able to communicate on the fly, having a system that’s predicated on shrinking the floor, just being very active,” Irving said. “Obviously, we’re going to foul. But the times we don’t foul, we limit teams to some tough shots, some tough two’s or some tough contested threes; I feel we put ourselves in great position. And then when you have guards down there rebounding as well as bigs down there boxing out and staying active it makes all our jobs easier, all five connected out there. We understand the importance of valuing each possession.”
 
The qualities that Irving talks about make sense when you’re talking about the qualities of an elite team defensively.
 
But for the Celtics to have so much youth tossed into such prominent roles, it is unusual to see everything seemingly come together so quickly.
 
“They utilize their length appropriately,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “They’re both long for their positions; that helps. So, you’re not playing Jaylen at the 3 (small forward) as much, and Jayson (Tatum) at the four (power forward) as much. You’re playing them at the two (shooting guard) and three (small forward) a lot. So, they can use that length rather than try and have to battle.”

Irving points out there’s added incentive to play at a high level defensively without fouling.

“If you don’t, you’ll be on the bench,” Irving said. “Brad has made that very clear. If the effort isn’t being put out there, and you’re not paying attention and you’re not preparing the way all of us should be preparing, that goes from the head coach all the way down to the 15th guy, if you’re not preparing the way you should and not perfecting your craft outside the game and that’s being very diligent, understanding what we’re trying to do in strategy, understanding our system, why it works, and why we’re doing it, then why the hell would you expect to play? So, he made it very simple. All the guys understand that. We’re a young team, but what we’re trying to accomplish will take a lot of energy and effort and focus. They understand that at a very young point in the season.”

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Stevens: Celtics haven't played well enough to make streak 'valid'

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Stevens: Celtics haven't played well enough to make streak 'valid'

You know who else - besides Charles Barkley - isn't impressed by the Celtics' 14-game winning streak?

Their coach. 

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At the shootaround in Atlanta before the Celtics attempt to make it 15 in a row tonight against the Hawks, Brad Stevens told reporters, including ESPN's Chris Forsberg, that his team hasn't played well enough to make the streak "valid." 

“We haven’t played well enough to consider this win streak to be valid in my opinion,” Stevens said."We’ve figured out ways to win games. We gotta play a lot better.”

The Celtics have come back from double-digit deficits a number of times in the streak. Stevens said they're fortunate those rallies have kept the streak going.  

"We've got to be better, and we know that," Stevens said. "We can't get so caught up in the results of all these games and ride that emotion. We've been fortunate to win a lot of the games in this streak, including Thursday night [92-88 over the defending champion Golden State Warriors]. If we dig ourselves a 17-point hole every other game, it's not going to be as much fun as we've had recently."