Big Baby got his first start and he was up to the challenge. He just played great basketball. Forget his size, forget he's a rookie. The kid can just flat out play. One stat that I was impressed with, 5 of his 9 rebounds were offensive. Nice!
When his name was announced in the starting lineup for the first time as an NBA player last night, Glen Davis was more nervous than even one would expect a rookie to be. But by the way "Big Baby" played in a 90-78 victory over the Sacramento Kings at TD Banknorth Garden, it was hard to view him as a rookie.
Davis had a season-high 16 points and added nine rebounds. The 6-foot-9-inch, 289-pounder also made 10 of 10 free throws and shot 3 of 6 from the field in 27 minutes. The second-round pick from Louisiana State started in place of injured center Kendrick Perkins (toe).
"It was unbelievable," said Davis, who had 10 points and six rebounds in the third quarter.
"It was a dream come true to start in the NBA. Unbelievable. I was thinking in my head, 'Calm down, big fella. Calm down.' I couldn't breathe. I had to come back and play my game. It was awesome."
Said coach Doc Rivers: "I told him to breathe. And he didn't. He didn't listen. But that's fine. He's young and he was excited to start."