Glen Davis, while looking like a 6’9, 280-pound Steve Urkel (“Did I do that?”), did not even know who his teammates were. At the very least, he had never played basketball alongside Carlos Arroyo or Sasha Pavlovic. (ESPN)
“The first half I felt weird a little bit, because I didn’t remember [anybody] on the team,” Davis said with a dose of humor. “I was like, Nate? Carlos? I can’t even pronounce [No.] 77.”
Reminded that No. 77 is Pavlovic, Davis said, “I just say, ‘What’s up?’ ‘Hey!’ I’ve got to get familiar with the names.” Turning more serious, he added, “[I'm] just trying to get in a rhythm. I was out for a couple days, I really couldn’t do [any] running. I was on the treadmill, but that really doesn’t simulate a game. So I’m just trying to get my feet under me and stuff like that.”
While his conditioning while improve, Davis won’t return to 100% health this season. Tendinitis has bothered his knees for a long time, and he expects soreness the remainder of the year.
“It’s not going to be fully healed,” Davis said of his knee. “It just feels better. It just feels real better and you want that. I’m just going to keep chugging along, and hopefully in June it’ll be all well worth it.”
‘Twas nice to have Davis back in the lineup last night, no? With Green and Davis on the second unit, that makes two scorers who can go for 15 or 20 points on any given night. When the Celtics finally get healthy (presuming they ever get healthy, a notably large assumption), the second unit will hold Davis, Green, Delonte West and whoever loses the Shaq/Krstic starting battle — a unit worthy of competing for an Eastern Conference playoff spot, if the unit were a starting five.
Conceding a decent amount of health (which we admittedly can’t really concede with any amount of confidence), the second unit has quickly turned from a question mark into an exclamation point. Even if it might take Davis a little while longer to remember Sasha Pavlovic’s name.