Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis has his own memories to cherish from his Celtics days

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Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers,


Doc Rivers coached the Boston Celtics for nine seasons and to the NBA title in 2008, when they beat the Lakers. When Rivers arrived inside TD Garden on Sunday ahead of the Clippers’ 119-106 victory over the Celtics, he was greeted by many wishing him well.

He wasn’t the only one with cherished memories there. Reserve forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis played for the Celtics from 2007-11. He was a rookie on the ’08 championship team and he was in his third season when the Celtics lost to the Lakers in the 2010 NBA Finals.

“It always feels good to come back here to Boston,” Davis said. “This is where you started your career, for me, and I have some great memories: Finals twice, NBA championship, and also just the relationships are just awesome. So it was good seeing a lot of familiar faces.”

Davis was also asked if the Clippers resemble those winning Celtics teams.

“In some ways because Doc, and the way he coaches, and what Doc went through with that other team and now the team that we have in some ways is similar,” he said.

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VIDEO: Check out the put-back of the year by Clippers’ Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis

Glen “Big Baby” Davis works as hard as anyone on the basketball court. Here is what his never-say-die attitude can bring. Just call it the put-back of the NBA season in the Clippers’ 100-98 loss Sunday to the Houston Rockets. Note his response as he runs back down court:

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Doc Rivers likes performance without Blake Griffin, but doesn’t go overboard in praising team’s 9-5 record without him

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Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers,


Clippers coach Doc Rivers is always very careful with what he says to reporters. You could say he practices diplomacy.

For example, after the Clippers won Wednesday 120-108 at Oklahoma City, Rivers was asked about the growth of his team without the injured Blake Griffin. Griffin has missed the past 14 games because of a staph infection in his right elbow. Several Clippers – most notably Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick and reserve Glen “Big Baby” Davis – have really picked up the slack in Griffin’s absence.

But Rivers did not go crazy about that with his response.

“Yeah, I guess. I mean, I don’t know,” he said. “We have had some tough games in the stretches that Blake has been out, and to win some of these games has been big for us, especially to win some on the road; those are huge wins for us.”

It’s almost as if Rivers either doesn’t want to jinx his team by saying just how well it has played without Griffin, or he doesn’t want Griffin or anyone else thinking that Griffin is not as important as he truly is to this team. Sure, he complimented his team, but seemed to temper his remarks.

The Clippers are 9-5 without Griffin. Six of the victories have come against teams that are either a virtual lock to make the playoffs or in the case of two victories over OKC, a team that likely will make the post-season but has more of a fight on its hands to get there.

Bottom line is, yes, the Clippers are doing very well sans Griffin. But they’ll never go that far in the post-season without him. There is no question about that.


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Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis brings funk and incredible energy to the Clippers

Glen “Big Baby” Davis plays to the crowd during the Clippers’ 119-115 victory over the San Antonio Spurs this past Thursday at Staples Center/Staff photo by Scott Varley


If you haven’t had a chance to check out our feature story on Clippers reserve forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis, click on this for the fun.

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Doc Rivers has high praise for effort of Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis on Monday

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Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis had a nice game Monday in a victory over Detroit/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers,


Coach Doc Rivers had high praise for the effort of Glen “Big Baby” Davis in Monday night’s 113-91 victory over the visiting Detroit Pistons.

Davis scored eight points on 4 of 5 shooting. He also had four rebounds, two assists and three steals in 19 minutes off the bench.

“Glen was great,” Rivers said. “We told him to play as hard as he could and when you get tired, give us a signal. He did it twice, which was great. I love when a player plays hard enough to come out of the game. That is always a good sign.”


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Doc Rivers got big kick out of Monday’s rare dunk by Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis

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Glen “Big Baby” Davis threw down a rare dunk in Monday’s win over Minnesota/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers,


Glen “Big Baby” Davis can dunk, but the 6-foot-9, 290-pound backup power forward rarely does. Carrying that much weight, he has little in the way of liftoff.

But Davis did dunk early in the fourth quarter of Monday’s 127-101 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center. The rare dunk gave his team a 36-point lead and the starters roared their approval from the bench.

Coach Doc Rivers was asked about that moment ahead of Wednesday’s 114-86 victory over the Orlando Magic at Staples Center. His reaction to the dunk?

“Shocked,” Rivers said.

The reaction from the starters on the bench?

“That was the best excitement I’ve seen from our bench, probably this year,” Rivers said, “so I love when stuff like that happens.”



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Injury report featuring Douglas-Roberts, Farmar and ‘Big Baby’


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Chris Douglas-Roberts/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


Chris Douglas-Roberts sat out Saturday’s 104-93 loss to Denver at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas with an ankle sprain, according to a report on Douglas-Roberts is vying for the starting spot at small forward.

Also, backup guard Jordan Farmar had some back issues during the game and played only seven minutes.

And, backup post Glen “Big Baby” Davis missed his second consecutive game with a right groin strain. Coach Doc Rivers isn’t sure of the timetable for his return. He said Friday that Davis may be OK by the beginning of the regular season Oct. 30, but that he may not be in playing shape.

The Clippers, now 1-4, play their next exhibition game Tuesday at Golden State.(4-1).

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Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis: Clippers can’t let go of that Game 2 passion

The Clippers were in a must-win situation Monday when they played the visiting Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of their best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series after the Warriors won by four points in Game 1 on Saturday.

The Clippers went out and destroyed the Warriors to the tune of 138-98. But it’s just one victory, Glen “Big Baby” Davis reminded reporters this week.

“It was just one game,” said Davis, who was one of the reserves responsible for the overall terrific performance Monday. “We let Game 1 slip by us. Whatever we needed to wake us up, I feel like it did. Hopefully, we can keep this energy going, especially over there because it’s going to be a battle. … Just keeping that focus, just having that sense of urgency every game.”

Game 3 is Thursday at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

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Blake Griffin out with back spasms, Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis disciplined by Doc Rivers

Clippers forward Blake Griffin had back spasms in the first half of Saturday’s game at Houston and was deemed unlikely to return.

Also, Glen “Big Baby” Davis was sent to the locker room during the first half after some kind of verbal confrontation with coach Doc Rivers. Clippers broadcasters on Prime Ticket did not expect Davis to return, either.

The Clippers, who entered one game ahead of the Rockets in the Western Conference standings, led 61-58 at halftime.

Houston was without center Dwight Howard (ankle) and point guard Patrick Beverley (knee). Also out for the Clippers was reserve Danny Granger.

The Clippers entered play with the ability to clinch a playoff spot with either a victory over the Rockets or a loss by the Dallas Mavericks.


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