Blake Griffin of the Clippers guards James Harden of the Rockets in Tuesday’s 124-103 Rockets victory in Game 5 at Toyota Center in Houston/Photo by Scott Halleran, Getty Images
Glen “Big Baby” Davis was a rookie when coach Doc Rivers guided the Boston Celtics to the NBA title in 2008. Now, Davis is on the Rivers-coached Clippers team trying to advance to the conference finals for the first time in franchise history.
The Clippers lead their Western Conference semifinals series 3-2 over the Houston Rockets, but are coming off a 21-point loss in Game 5 at Houston.
Davis on Thursday at the morning shootaround ahead of Game 6 at Staples Center was asked if he imparts any wisdom from his past to his current teammates.
“Most definitely, in ways,” he said. “We have our leaders on this team and so me, I just try to pick and choose when I feel like the moment’s right to lead from my experiences. So I just go out there and do what I can with my actions and try to help my team as much as possible.”
Davis also talked about the difficulties of winning the proverbial closeout game, which the Clippers could not do Tuesday.
“The focus level has to go to a whole other level,” he said. “You know, attention to detail, energy. It’s a whole bunch of stuff that goes in a bag in order to finish a game, so we’ve gotta make sure we put those things in a bag in order to take this series.”