The Boston Celtics are facing disqualification from the NBA Playoffs, for the first time since 2007. As our C's will be heading off to vacation early, my eyes have moved on to different NBA cities, with very familiar storylines. Here's a review of a couple news stories from around the league that involve our former stars in Boston.
Glen "Big Baby" Davis vs. Doc Rivers:
When Baby was shipped off to LA, to play for Doc Rivers again, my first thought was, this is a very frustrating situation. The LA Times is reporting on Sunday that Glen Davis was sent to the bench during the 2nd quarter of Saturday night's game, vs the Rockets. Baby Davis' "exchange of words" with Doc is nothing unfamiliar to Celtics fans. We've seen it before; we've criticized it before and now we watch from afar.
From LA Times:
Rivers sent Davis to the locker room early in the second quarter after the two exchanged words.
After Rivers had pulled Davis early in the second quarter, Davis yelled something at Rivers, who in turn yelled, “Sit your big … down.”
A few seconds later associate head coach Alvin Gentry went to talk to Davis, but Rivers then told the team’s security personnel to escort Davis to the locker room.
That made the Clippers very short-handed in the frontcourt because Blake Griffin was in the locker room getting treatment for the back spasms that caused him to leave the game in the first quarter and Danny Granger had been sent to Los Angeles earlier in the day for treatment on his injured left hamstring.
Kevin Garnett to be benched for remainder of regular season:
When the 2013-14 NBA season tipped off, and the rebuilding Boston Celtics took the floor, devoid of Kevin Garnett, I thought to myself, what will I watch for now?
In KG's recent seasons in Boston, my eyes were rarely trained on double digit rebound numbers, soaring lobs from Rajon Rondo to KG, to the rim and game changing intensity. Those traits were still exuding from Garnett's presence on-court, however, my eyes were fixed on KG's ancient knees and legs at all times. I would find myself watching how Garnett jumped, how he landed, how he defended, how he moved laterally. Sadly, to me, it was much less of exhibition of admiration for Garnett's now legendary assets, and more of a silent watch over Garnett's body-movement. Our seasons fell largely on Garnett's contributions, especially down the stretch.
Brooklyn Nets fans were recently given the news that Garnett may sit out the rest of the season. I suppose I'd rather be contending for seeding this year, then already planning coverage for next year. However, things have changed in Boston but, according the NBC Sports, not much is different about what Garnett and Nets fans are now experiencing in uncertainty of his return.
From Bondy/NY Daily News:
In fact, Kidd said prior to the tipoff against the Cavs that Garnett doesn’t have to play again in the regular season to start the playoffs in shape or in rhythm.
“He’s played this game. It doesn’t change. If he gets to play before the playoffs, that’ll be great. If he gets to practice before the playoffs, that’ll be great. And if he had no practice or no games, for him being on the floor (in the playoffs) would help us dramatically. So however you look at it, him playing with us will help us. And game shape? He plays at a high level so he’s going to get tired no matter what.”
Celtics fans have heard those words before in relation to Kevin Garnett's availability.
It may be a disappointment to not make the playoffs, however, we are watching our former players from afar and, the uniforms may change but most storylines don't.