Celtics forward Glen Davis has been keeping a player diary for ESPNBoston.com all season. As he gears up for the playoffs, he gets into how important winning at home is and then gets an assist from teammate Ray Allen. (as told to Louise Cornetta)
Sunday’s victory over Cleveland was a huge game for us that we needed to win. It's important we finish strong at home before the playoffs start. Just to get that winning mentality here at home. You know, we haven’t been winning as much at home like in years past. It would be good to keep that winning mentality as we go into the playoffs.
One way I feel I can help the team do that is people say I am a good offensive rebounder. I just have a knack for the ball. There's really no art to being an offensive rebounder, just will and possession. Wherever you're at, you need to be in position. You have to learn to be in the right place at the right time. I've always been good at going and getting the ball since I was little.
I can't really tell you what the difference is between the team we have now and the team we had when we won it all. I don't know. That's something for the coaches to talk about. We have new guys on this team. Everybody's still gelling well. We still have some season left to play. Then we have a whole new season coming up with the playoffs. When that happens, it doesn't matter what you did in the regular season. It's a whole different season.
In the playoffs, everybody's intense. And it doesn't matter to us who we play. Nope, I don't care at all who we're matched up against. But like I said, what I enjoy most about the playoffs is the intensity goes up higher. The competition level goes up extremely high. I already have one championship. It was great to be a part of that. Winning another would mean a lot. I'd like to add another memory to my basketball career.
Now I feel like chillin' like a villain, so I'm going to let my man Ray Allen wrap things up ...
I agree that Glen is a good offensive rebounder. He has size. With that great size comes great strength, which causes him to be able to space out. On the court, he's real passionate for what he does. Off the court, I'd describe him as a clown. He's a fun guy.
He's right too about the difference between regular season and playoffs. The intensity goes up. Every possession counts. I like the playoffs because you can see the harder you play, the better the chance you have of winning the championship. There's so much that goes on during the playoffs like ticket requests. I don't handle that. I leave that up to my significant other.
We have a lot of experience on this team. Paul Pierce is someone who is very talented. He's one of the best players in the league. Off the court, he's a clown though too. We've got a team full of clowns! KG is just as intense off the court as he is on the court. We have a likeable coach in Doc. He's very passionate on the court. Off the court, he's a very family oriented and friendly guy.
This season so far has been a grind. Always. Winning or losing it's always a grind. Winning a second championship with this team would mean everything to me. It would mean the world. Let's see what happens.