‘Big Baby’ imparts wisdom from past experiences to current teammates

James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets takes the ball by Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers during Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals at the Toyota Center for the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 12, 2015 in Houston, Texas.   The Rockets won 124-103. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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.”

VIDEO: Clippers should thank Chris Kaman for pushing Chris Paul to the floor

Perhaps Chris Kaman was doing his old team a favor when he purposely pushed down Chris Paul late in the third quarter Wednesday night at Portland. The Clippers were down 11 points (92-81) at the time and rallied for a huge 126-122 victory at Moda Center in Portland.

The Clippers trailed by as many as 19 points (51-32) midway through the second quarter. That they came back to win a night after giving up a 17-point second-quarter lead and losing 110-106 to Golden State at Staples Center says a lot about the Clippers’ overall character.

Most importantly, Paul scored a season-high 41 points and doled out 17 assists. Again, this was a day after Golden State’s Steph Curry embarrassed Paul by sending him sprawling on an ankle-breaking dribble move that was talked about a lot in the world of sports Wednesday.

After Kaman pushed Paul, Glen “Big Baby” Davis rushed to Paul’s defense, only to taste the canvas after being headed off at the pass by LaMarcus Aldridge, who shoved Davis away from Kaman.

Either way, this is the type of victory that could go a long way in giving the Clippers (50-26) an emotional boost that could be long-lasting.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers was asked if Kaman pushing Paul was the best thing that could have happened for his team in the game.

“It didn’t hurt, but CP (Paul) already had it going before that, to be honest,” Rivers said. “That just brought more energy into the game. When you’re lacking energy, you’re just looking for anything. Little plays like that can help you. Or they can do you in, too. You never know how that’s going to go. I was happy how we responded after that.”

Paul was queried as to whether Kaman’s boneheaded move helped him take him up another notch.

“No, the shove didn’t take me to another level,” Paul said. “It gave me a chance to make it to the free-throw line and get a little rhythm. But I think it was just a gutsy win.”

If you haven’t seen the incident for which Kaman was called for a flagrant 1 foul, here it is:

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

Glen Davis

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


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.

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:

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

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com


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 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


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