Glen “Big Baby” Davis doesn’t play a lot of minutes as a reserve – he’s averaging 10.6 this season – but the minutes he does play are often inspiring.
Take the beginning of the fourth quarter of Monday’s 102-98 victory over Denver. The Clippers began the quarter down by eight points. Jamal Crawford made a 3-pointer to get his team within five points. The Clippers’ next time down the court, Davis kept a ball alive that was headed out of bounds and would have been awarded to Denver. Davis, all 290 pounds of him, hustled like nobody’s business and his effort allowed the Clippers to keep possession. Davis was so jacked, he began to scream at fans as if to pump some life into them as well as into his teammates.
The Clippers did not score out of that, but the tone had been set for their comeback victory. Blake Griffin praised his teammate.
“He has great energy and we want him to keep it going,” Griffin said. “He was huge. He only played 10 minutes, but those minutes go way beyond his stat line, which was good for those 10 minutes.”
Davis had eight points and five rebounds in 10:10 of playing time. He made both of his shots from the field and all four of his free throws.
Chris Paul had just one turnover in Monday night’s victory over Detroit/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
– The Clippers are still having head-scratching lapses of focus. There they were, coming off two consecutive road losses and they were down by nine points to the lowly Pistons in the first quarter. Then they get tuned in and eveutally lead by as many as 27 points early in the fourth quarter. Kind of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde team at times.
– Jamal Crawford was 0 of 6 from the field. But ever the consummate professional, Crawford made all five of his free throws, doled out seven assists and made a steal while committing just one tunover in nearly 28 minutes of action.
– Although Chris Paul did not have a terrific game from a scoring standpoing – he scored 11 points, well under his 17.4 average – he had only one turnover in 24 minutes. That was on the heels of him having six turnovers in each of his two previous games – losses at Washington and Milwaukee.
– Jordan Farmar picked a terrific time to have his best game as a member of the Clippers. He made his first five shots and scored 15 points with five assists in 23 minutes off the bench. This was key because backup post Spencer Hawes and his offense was out for the second consecutive game because of a bruised left knee, and because Crawford did not provide his usual offensive punch off the bench.
– The Clippers also got nice bench play from the likes of Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Hedo Turkoglu. They scored a combined 23 points on 9 of 13 shooting. Davis was 4 of 5 from the field for eight points with four rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Glen Davis/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers have re-signed veteran post Glen “Big Baby” Davis to a one-year contract for the veterans’ minimum of $1.2 million, according to league sources.
Davis, who is 6-foot-9 and about 290 pounds, came to the Clippers this past season from the Orlando Magic. He played the first four years of his career for the Boston Celtics under current Clippers coach Doc Rivers.
Davis, 28, played in 23 regular-season games for the Clippers in 2013-14. He averaged 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds. He has career scoring and rebounding averages of 8.7 and 4.7, respectively.
The Los Angeles Times was first to report this deal.
Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
Glen “Big Baby” Davis is this big, hulking guy who, even at 6-foot-9, by his own admission plays below the rim. The 289 pounds he carries around has a lot to do with that.
However, make no mistake, Davis can be effective on the basketball court. He can back down an opponent in the paint with ease because of his girth, and he has a nice mid-range jumper. In 23 regular-season games with the Clippers after coming over from Orlando this past season, Davis averaged 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds.
He shot 48.1 percent from the field, the second-highest mark of his seven-year career. Indeed, Davis can play some back-up post.
He hustles, too. And he doesn’t like to be taken out of a game when he’s on a roll. During one particular game he moaned to coach Doc Rivers a bit too much about just such a thing, and Rivers sent Davis to the locker room for the rest of the game.
Davis, proving his maturity, never put himself in that position again.
As for the playoffs, Davis averaged 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds while averaging 12.2 minutes in 13 games after averaging 13.4 minutes during the 23 regular-season games. In other words, his numbers weren’t big, but consistent. He was steady, and seemed to mesh well with the second unit.
Davis has a player option for $1,227,985 for next season. He’s a good guy to have around.
Davis’ career averages are 8.7 points and 4.7 rebounds.
One of the things Warriors coach Mark Jackson was asked about in Thursday’s post-game news conference following his team’s 100-99 Game 6 victory over the Clippers, was the play that sent post Jermaine O’Neal crashing to the floor.
It took place in the second quarter under the basket when the Clippers’ Glen “Big Baby” Davis plowed through O’Neal going for a rebound. O’Neal hit the deck and was eventually helped off the court. He suffered a sprained right knee, did not return and was scheduled to have an MRI on Friday.
“We’ll see how he feels moving forward,” Jackson said, alluding to O’Neal’s availability for Saturday’s Game 7 at Staples Center. “As far as the play, I didn’t get another look at it, so I’m not sure. I’m sure the league, which does an outstanding job of monitoring plays like that, will take a look at it and make decisions.”
O’Neal told USA Today he thought it was “a dirty play.”