Glen “Big Baby” Davis The Hero As Celtics Top Magic In Game Four, 95-94
Before the final possession of the game, Marv Albert commented that the Boston Celtics and coach Doc Rivers wanted the ball in the hands of either Paul Pierce or Ray Allen to try to win the game. And of course, they were in a do-or-die situation, down by one with just 11 seconds left, so to give either of those two the ball would have made perfect sense. But the actual game-winning shot came from perhaps the unlikeliest of sources, forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis, who has filled in admirably in the absence of Kevin Garnett. Paul Pierce came out with the ball and likely was going to take the shot, but he immediately drew the double-team, which left him with no choice but to pass the ball off. “Big Baby” was doing his job just by being in his sweet-spot for a mid-range jump-shot. Pierce located Davis quickly enough to get him the ball so he could shoot uncontested, and the ball sank through the hoop just as the buzzer sounded.
It was an incredibly clutch shot for the Celtics, as they would have faced a possibly insurmountable three-games-to-one deficit had Davis missed. But instead, the series is tied 2-2 and the Celtics regained home-court advantage. Game five will be in Boston at the TD Garden at 8 p.m.
The game is yet another in which the Celtics’ young stars are shining brighter than they have all season. Rajon Rondo continued his outstanding play with a Garnett-like line of 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Kendrink Perkins contributed 12 and 13 of his own, to go with five blocks. What was disturbing for the Celtics, however, is they got only two points on 1-of-8 shooting out of their bench, whose play has been wildly inconsistent. But here they are, in a tied series going back home. The Celtics can take control of the series with a win Tuesday night.