Everyone is all abuzz about Shrek & Donkey, but we'll need more than that to win this series, and Big Baby knows it.
Glen Davis isn't getting ahead of himself after scoring 18 points in Game 4. He understands his job on the team and is more focused on fulfilling his role than living up to any expectations set by his performance.
"It's not my job to go out there and score points," he said. "So [when people say] he's not going to do that again, if I have to do it again, I will. But I'm not the primary scorer on the team. I'm not the go-to guy in the clutch. I'm just a guy that goes out there, don't have no plays called for me, just goes out there and plays the game like it's supposed to be played, and that's all will and determination to get the game won. So if I don't score at all next game, I know my effort and just the will to win will be there. And that feels even greater to me, especially if we get the win."
What I've been saying all along is that the Celtics really need to push the tempo and get everyone running on the break.
There is still a notion that the Celtics want to force the Lakers into a slow, grind-it-out game that prevents them from running. The second part of that statement is true, but the Celtics would prefer to get out in transition when they can and push the tempo.
"Well, we want that for the Lakers, but we want to run, really," Doc Rivers said Friday. "We want to get out on the break. I think we have to run. They're too big. They're long. So we would like to get out in transition more, but they know that, too, and the two things they've done better is even when we're getting stops, they're getting back now. And on the first two games we thought we could beat them down the floor, and we did. Now they're getting back. So we just have to keep getting stops and see how many times we can get [Rajon] Rondo out into transition."
Also, I've mentioned this before, but it sure would be nice to see all of the big 3 guys going at once:
So far in this year's NBA finals, though, the trio of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen has been more like the Big One-at-a-Time: Three All-Stars, taking turns making contributions but never all clicking at once.
"It would be great if all three and Rondo and everyone got it going in one game," coach Doc Rivers said Saturday before the Celtics practiced for Game 5 of the NBA finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. "I'd feel very good about that game if that happens. We're certainly going to try."