Glen Davis is quite the character, to say the least. Over the course of his three-year stint with the Boston Celtics, he's put forth some memorable plays, particularly in the playoffs. However, in the aftermath of many of those plays, Davis has had a somewhat peculiar tendency to engage in sometimes comical, yet head-scratching actions. The latest such incident was the drooling episode after he put back a missed layup from Tony Allen while being fouled with 8:22 left in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of the 2010 NBA Finals. As was the case with this situation, you'll always remember the play, but when you gather with your buddies at the water cooler the next morning, you'll most likely also reflect on what happened after the ball went in the basket. So, with that in mind, let's take a look back at some of Davis's more memorable moments, starting with Thursday night's celebration:
Unfortunately, Boston lost Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, along with a chance to sweep the Orlando Magic. However, after Davis buried a jumper late in the third quarter to bring his team within a point, his tongue went to work:
Davis put forth his best effort against the Magic a game earlier, as he notched 17 points and six rebounds in a pivotal Game 3 victory. After setting a screen for Ray Allen with eight minutes left in the third quarter, Davis received the ball along the baseline, drove at Marcin Gortat, absorbed the contact, put the ball up, and even before it fell through the net and gave him a shot at a three-point play, he was already celebrating with this high knee/foot fire combo. Hopefully this wasn't his audition for Dancing With the Stars:
And those all came in these 2010 playoffs alone. Unfortunately, so did this next one. While concussions are no doubt a serious business, the nature of Davis's in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals drew headlines. After taking a vicious elbow from Dwight Howard under the basket, Davis fell to the ground and stumbled to get back to his feet. When he finally got back up, he hobbled forward before eventually collapsing into referee Joey Crawford's arms. Despite the serious nature of the incident, it had people talking, and Davis was well enough to contribute in Game 6 and help the Celtics advance to the NBA Finals:
In a December 5 victory against the Portland Trailblazers back in 2008, Davis received some harsh criticism from Kevin Garnett on the bench, and engaged in an action that unfortunately cohered flawlessly with his nickname "Big Baby". We all remember the crying episode, but as you'll see after this next video, Davis nullified the incident during the postseason when Garnett was out of action:
The Celtics did all they could to try and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals back in 2009, but ultimately couldn't overcome the Orlando Magic without Garnett, who was suffering from that wretched knee injury. One of the definitive bright spots in last year's playoffs, though, was Davis, who averaged 13.4 points and 4.5 rebounds in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the likes to Dwight Howard and Marcin Gortat.
With eight seconds left in the fourth quarter of a crucial Game 4, and the Celtics trailing 94-93, Davis set a screen for Paul Pierce, rolled to the left wing, took a Pierce pass, rose up, and buried the jump shot at the buzzer, sealing the Celtics' victory. In the midst of his excitement, however, Davis unintentionally shoved a kid with courtside seats next to the Orlando bench, in an effort to hustle back to his teammates, who were prepped to swarm him. The shove was completely inadvertent, but the kid and his father took exception, with the father going so far as to compare Davis's conduct to that of a "raging animal". The father eventually backed off as the story gathered unnecessary momentum. But hey, how about this buzzer beater, huh?
While some of the above warranted laughter, it's difficult to top this final video, as Davis jacked up the funny meter when he was given a sidekick in Nate Robinson. After the pair combined for 30 points in what was practically a must-win game for Boston in Game 4 of the 2010 NBA Finals, Davis and Robinson took to the podium for a postgame press conference, and this was the result:
Quite the characters, indeed. And do you know what the best part about this whole thing is? We still have at least two, and possibly three games of these NBA Finals left. If Davis continues to submit these vital plays down the stretch, we could very well be adding to this list in a matter of days.