They both finally got an extended taste of playing time Thursday night, Danny Granger and Glen Davis showing why the Clippers acquired both free-agent forwards.
But Granger and Davis also showed they still are rounding into shape.
“They both looked good,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said about the two playing against the Lakers. “Baby’s (Davis) lungs exploded at some point so we had to take him out.
“Danny, he played really well in the first half. It’s just going to be a rhythm thing for him. It’s going to take a while. I’m going to be very patient with Danny. I just think it’s going to take a while for him to really get going. But you can see some of the things he can do for us.”
Davis huffed his way through 18 minutes and 32 seconds of playing time against the Lakers. He had 10 points on five-for-seven shooting, two rebounds, one assist and he took a charge.
It’s no surprise Davis labored against the Lakers. He’s tipping the scales at 325 pounds, about 25 more than the Clippers want the 6-9 power forward to carry. Then again, “Big Baby” is Davis’ nickname.
“I’m still trying to get a rhythm, still trying to find myself here as an important part on this team,” Davis said.
Granger played 17:54 against the Lakers. He had 10 points on four-for-eight shooting, including going zero for two on three-pointers.
He played 3:46 against the Suns on Tuesday night, missing his only shot and not scoring.
“For the most part, that’s my second game — almost my first game, really,” he said. “It felt good to get up and down.”
Granger, 30, hasn’t played much basketball in the last two years.
He played in just five games last season with the Indiana Pacers because of season-ending left knee surgery.
He missed the first 25 games of this season with the Pacers because of a left calf injury.
“I don’t think you take two years off and then play sparingly and then just walk in our league and play well,” Rivers said. “Our goal for him is if we can get him right by the playoffs, we’ll be very happy.”
Granger’s last extended playing time was Feb. 19, when he played 18 minutes for the Pacers.
After he was traded by the Pacers to the Philadelphia 76ers on Feb. 20 and then got a buyout, Granger had been working out on his own for two weeks before seeing time again with the Clippers.
“I didn’t play for a week and a half so that’ll kind of set you back a little bit, but not a lot,” Granger said about his conditioning. “I’ve still got to get my wind back up and I’m working on it every day.”