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Big Baby pins Celtics loss on himself

Davis comes up short against old teammates

Brian Schmitz

Magic Insider

7:47 PM PST, November 25, 2012

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Glen Davis took a hard spill last Friday night and, luckily, all he hurt was his pride.

He was a bit embarrassed when his mother, Tonya, rushed over to check on her Big Baby. She was in Orlando for the Thanksgiving weekend.

"My Mom," Davis said, rolling his eyes. "She's running down the aisle. I said, 'Come on, Mom.'"

Sunday night at Amway Center, Davis had the rest of his extended family in Orlando: The Boston Celtics.

He was a Celtic for four seasons before being dealt to the Magic a year ago and hasn't beat them yet. He has a title ring, won it with Doc, KG and Rondo. He still talks to Kevin Garnett, consumes his advice.

Wanting to do so much, he wound up doing too little in front of the people he wanted to impress the most.

At least that was Big Baby's take on it.

"At that time, the leader is supposed to step up. … I was nowhere to be found," Davis said after the overtime loss to the Celtics. "I did some things ...You're not going to make every shot, but you got to do something.

"This is on me – I don't care what anybody says. If I come to play, we beat them."

He might have a point.

Davis missed nine of 12 shots on his 15-point, 10-rebound night. But with the Magic trailing, 111-108, in OT after Paul Pierce's 3-pointer, Davis launched a short hook shot.

It wasn't close to finding the bottom, and certainly not the best shot to be found with Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick on the floor.

The Celtics corralled the miss. The Magic were quickly pulling the ball out of the net after Rajon Rondo raced in for a lay-up.

The Magic never got back into a game that could have turned into their first signature post-Dwight win.

More than anyone, Davis knows what happens when you give the Celtics an opening, not to mention second chances. They have cut-throat killers, and I mean that in the nicest way.

The Celtics have two Hall of Famers and probably a third in the making (Rondo) and have been in these pressure situations a hundred times.

When the season After Dwight began, the Magic promoted themselves as a team that would play hard and collect floor burns -- Heart & Hustle, the sequel. They have enough veterans to win more games than predicted, but talent is the ultimate trump card.

They have little margin for error, and can't overcome 19 turnovers and seven fewer rebounds against the Celtics. The Magic can't bungle a play down the stretch.

Davis, finally out of Garnett's shadow, fancies himself as go-guy this season. But he and the Magic might be better off if he lets the game come to him more than forcing himself on it.

Garnett says he speaks to Davis about every two weeks, calling him a "young Jedi." He has been preaching patience to Big Baby.

"There's going to be frustrating moments, but like I tell him, you don't get a day off," Garnett said. "You have to be the example, and it's not about what you say, but what you do.

"Days when you're having a trashy day because of family and every other kind of distraction. You have to put it to the side, come in here and do your job."

For Big Baby, Sunday was one of those days.

bschmitz@tribune.com