But injuries healed (kind of), free agents were signed, and Davis once again became an off-the bench energy guy. He told the Boston Herald he knows his role.
“I’m put on the floor for a job and that’s to be aggressive (and) play defense,” Davis said. “I’m basically an energy guy. That’s what I do. If I don’t go out there and be aggressive, I’m not helping my team out. Being aggressive is if you have an open shot, take it; if you have a post-up, take it. Me not using my talent is not helping the team.”
But he recently realized that by trying to fit into his role, he was sacrificing what he does best. By trying to be for the Celtics what they need, he was failing to make plays.
“I have a role, but at the same time I can do other things,” Davis said. “You do your role, but you also do what helps this team and that’s my mentality since a couple of games ago — just to realize the fact that I can play this game. It wasn’t too long ago that I was a key factor in helping us win and I know I can. I’m not helping my team if I’m not using my talent.”
So how does he maintain a balance between playing his part and being aggressive? By realizing that being aggressive is a big part of his job.
“They can play me minutes and that’s only when I’m aggressive and I’m a threat out there on the floor. I just try to do my job and also do what I know I can do.”
It makes a lot of sense that it’s taken The Eleventh Hour a while to adapt to his new spot on the team. With the return of Rasheed Wallace, Davis needed to adjust. It’s nice to see that he is finally starting to get used to it.