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Davis injures knee, will have MRI on Thursday

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Davis injures knee, will have MRI on Thursday

By JessicaCamerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- In Glen Davis mind, succumbing to the pain was not an option.

Not when so many other players had already gone down.

Not when his team needed him on the court.

And so he played. He played when his left leg bothered him. He played when he felt so much pain that he questioned whether or not he could suit up.

No one forced him to do it. Davis felt it was his personal responsibility to the Boston Celtics.

I just felt obligated to play through the pain, he told CSNNE.com.

But on Wednesday night, the pain got the best of him. Davis suffered a left patella tendon strain going up for shot attempt late in the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns. He was helped off the court by the Celtics team doctor and will undergo an MRI on Thursday.

His status for Fridays game against the Golden State Warriors has yet to be determined.

Davis was aware he was risking further injury, but playing with pain was more than some of his teammates could do. Seeing big men Kevin Garnett, Shaquille ONeal, Jermaine ONeal, Kendrick Perkins, and Semih Erden sidelined throughout this season only fueled his desire to stay on the court.

He is the Celtics sixth man (11.6 points, 5.3 rebounds per game), a role he takes very seriously as they fight for another championship. Davis is one of just three Celtics to appear in every game this season.

We dont have a lot of bodies, he said. With all the bodies going down, I think itd be a different experience if I went down. The fact that I can play so many different positions, coming off the bench, scoring points, helping out in so many ways, I think its just tough. So if I can play to the point where its not disabling me from playing, it just hurts bad, I can tough through it. But if its the point where I cant function, I cant play.

Davis does not feel he is at that point yet. He walked through the Celtics locker room after the game on his own. But its not like he would allow any discomfort to show on his face anyways.

He believes he developed a high tolerance for pain from playing football in high school. Take a hit and keep on moving.

Besides, he was told, the best dont let pain hold them back.

A wise man told me that one thing about a great player is theyre available, he said. A great player is available. They make themselves available. They dont let little nicks and knacks stop them, they play through it. Thats just the way I feel.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter athttp:twitter.comjcameratoNBA

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?

0:41 - Kyle Draper, Brain Scalabrine, Tommy Heinsohn, and Mike Gorman break down the Celtics loss to the Cavs and Gordon Hayward’s injury.

4:22 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions to the gruesome injury to Gordon Hayward and how it impacted the game.

9:39 - Dr. Chris Chihlas joins BST to give his medical opinion on Gordon Hayward and if he thinks there is a chance Hayward could return this season. 

13:40 - Chris Mannix and A. Sherrod Blakely discuss what the feeling was like in the arena when Hayward went down but how there is actually a 'cautious optimism' surrounding the injury.

Jayson Tatum flashes potential with double-double debut

Jayson Tatum flashes potential with double-double debut

CLEVELAND – Jayson Tatum has seen plenty of games featuring Cleveland’s LeBron James.

And in the Boston Celtics’ preparation for Tuesday night’s matchup, the 19-year-old rookie had seen plenty of James on film.

But facing him, up close and personal, was something entirely different.

“He’s way bigger than I thought,” Tatum said. “He’s way better than I imagined. That’s the reason why he is who he is.”

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James’ play was among the key factors in Cleveland handing Boston a 102-99 loss on Tuesday night.

But Tatum showed he too has some big-time potential by finishing with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds which included some nifty drives to the basket as well as showing the ability to hold his own on the glass in terms of rebounding the basketball.

The last Celtics rookie to post a double-double on opening night?

That was Larry Bird back in 1980, helping the Celtics to a 114-106 win over the Houston Rockets.

What’s even crazier?

Bird had 14 points and 10 rebounds in that Rockets game, too.

Tatum’s solid performance didn’t seem in the making in the first half when Tatum had missed all five of his shot attempts while tallying just two points.

But as the Celtics mounted their comeback, Tatum’s play was a key to the team’s improved play.

“Just being more relaxed” was how Tatum described his improved play in the second half.

Tatum added, “first half, I think I was nervous and anxious. And then the game slowed down for me. That helped out a lot.”

And the Celtics will need even more from Tatum going forward after Gordon Hayward’s left ankle injury that will keep him sidelined indefinitely.

There was plenty of room for him to improve upon following Tuesday’s game.

But for the most part, head coach Brad Stevens liked what he saw from the rookie.

“Jayson was pretty good,” Stevens said. “He did a pretty good job for a first game. That’s pretty hard to do, to be thrown into this environment, first game and play that well.”

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