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Celtics’ Glen Davis is just fine coming off the bench

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BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 10: Glen Davis #11 of the Boston Celtics passes the ball after he knocked it away from Patrick Patterson of he Houston Rockets on January 10, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Glen Davis loves being a Celtic. Loves that he is a key contributor to a contending team. Loves coming off the bench.

But when Kevin Garnett was out recently, Davis stepped into the starting role — and struggled. He admitted to Paul Flannery at WEEI that once he moved in with the first five he had a mental block.

“It’s all mental,” he said. “I was kind too hard on myself when I was starting. I wanted to prove to Doc [Rivers] and prove to my teammates … The difference between that and the playoffs is I just went and played. That’s what I do when I come off the bench, I just go out and play. I put a lot of pressure on myself. I got out of myself and tried to be something [else]. That’s now how it works. You have to be yourself. I had a couple of good games, but as far as all-around games, the way I know I can play, I didn’t bring it. Now being on the bench you get back to the same mentality.”

It’s a good experience. Someday the Celtics are going to need Davis to start again. And to just be Big Baby.