As Rajon Rondo predicted would happen yesterday, Glen Davis will start tonight for the Boston Celtics against the Miami Heat in Game Two of their first-round playoff series.
Davis will be taking Kevin Garnett’s spot in the starting five, after Garnett was suspended for a well-placed elbow to Quentin Richardson’s mug. Davis says he will become the “Ticket Stub” again, the name he bestowed upon himself last season when he averaged 15.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in the playoffs while Garnett was injured. (Boston Herald)
“It is Baby,” Perkins said after this morning’s shootaround. “Baby’s been there before. We got trust in Baby so we know he’s going to come out and play hard and do what he has to do.”
Perkins said the team has confidence in Davis after he averaged 15.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in Garnett’s absence last postseason.
“He stepped in. He wasn’t KG, but he did a great job,” Perkins said. “They’re two different types of players, but we got full trust in Baby. I know he’ll come in and do what he has to do tonight. The good thing about is we don’t have to survive the whole playoffs without KG. It’s just one game.”
The other option to start was Rasheed Wallace, but Wallace won’t be too disappointed that he wasn’t named the starter… so long as he plays in the fourth quarter. (ESPNBoston)
“It doesn’t matter — as long as I’m in there in the fourth quarter, I don’t care if I start,” said Wallace. “I don’t care if Doc brings me off the bench. Like I said before, [Rivers is the] mad scientist, with the right formula he sees out on the floor. If he sees me starting, fine. If he doesn’t see me starting, fine. I’m not going to sit up here and cry about it.”
Wallace also had this to say about seizing the opportunity for more minutes.
“That’s something that, no matter how old I get, I always step up to a good challenge,” said Wallace. “That makes me feel good inside. I’m ready for it.
“There’s a lot on me. I know I have to go in on Kevin’s role — set picks for [Rajon] Rondo, Ray [Allen], Paul [Pierce], pop sometimes, post, and look for the high-low with [Kendrick Perkins]. But it’s a regular game. I’m not going to try to step outside of my game.”
And for those who think Wallace will have some serious trouble with Michael Beasley? Sheed says think again. (NESN)
“I mean, I ain’t no [expletive] slouch. Defense. Try to stop them from scoring. Stand between them and the basket. I know how to play defense, man. I’ve been doing this for a long time.”
Whatever you say, Sheed. Don’t forget, we’ve been watching you all season long.
In the end, the starter probably won’t matter. I suspect both will get fairly even minutes, and Doc will ride whoever is playing best down the stretch.