Glen Davis has only been a member of the Clippers for four games, but he’s already sensing something special about his new team.
Davis was bought out by the Magic and signed with Los Angeles less than two weeks ago, but played for Doc Rivers in Boston during his first four NBA seasons.
He was part of the championship team in 2008 as a rookie, and is drawing on that experience when explaining how he’s beginning to get a similar feeling about this current Clippers squad.
From Dan Woike of the Orange County Register:
Davis knows this feeling because he’s been a part of it before. Playing for Coach Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics, Davis won a title in his rookie season.
“It’s almost to the point of a supernatural belief,” Davis said. “We’re starting to believe, and not only believe, but put in the work. You combine the two, you’ve got a deadly combination of guys who can play the right way and who are just so athletic.
“When you mix athleticism and playing the right way every time with a great coach like Doc, the sky’s the limit.”
All of this came on the heels of the Clippers shellacking a team that was the Lakers in name only by 48 points.
The Clippers are a legitimate threat this season, mainly due to the improvement of Blake Griffin, along with the mere presence of Chris Paul and what is finally a competent coach on the sidelines in Rivers.
If Davis truly sees the championship chemistry forming after such a short time with the club, then that’s great. But more importantly, the results have been there to the point where we don’t need to be concerning ourselves with this type of nonsense.
The Magic beat the Celtics yesterday, lifting Orlando’s record to 9-8.
A minor accomplishment in the grand scheme? Yes.
A big deal for the Magic? Absolutely.
Orlando hadn’t had a winning record in more than two years – the longest active period for an NBA team to be .500 or worse.
The Magic’s last winning record was 3-2 in 2013, when Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo and Jason Maxiell were starting. They followed that Nov. 6, 2013 win over the Clippers with an off day then dropped three straight. Orlando hadn’t seen a winning record since.
A three-game winning streak since Scott Skiles changed his lineup has the Magic tied for eighth in the East. They can finally experience the small bit of optimism and confidence that comes with a winning record. It’s not much, but it’s more than they could have said for years.
To put the drought into perspective, here’s how many days each team had gone through Saturday since its last winning record. If you don’t already know the drill, keep scrolling – and scrolling and scrolling – for Orlando.
Kobe Bryant reflected, told stories and showed his emotions.
For nearly 25 minutes, the Lakers star talked about his pending retirement. It was pretty cool.
DeAndre Jordan‘s free-throw problems – 38.7% this season, 41.5% for his career – are mental.
You can’t watch this trip to the line and convince me otherwise.
Nene hurt his calf. Drew Gooden is banged up. Martell Webster is out for the season.
Those are three players the Wizards expected to play power forward this season.
So, Washington – which has lost four straight – will bring in another big man: Ryan Hollins.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:
The Wizards have a full roster of 15 players. They don’t qualify for a hardship exemption, which a team gets if four players have missed three straight games and will continue to be out. Only Webster and Alan Anderson definitely fit that bill. Gooden, who has missed five straight, might. But it’s unclear both how many of those absences were due to injury and when he’ll return.
So, Washington will have to waive someone to sign Hollins now. It’ll probably be Webster, whose $5,845,250 2016-17 salary is just $2.5 million guaranteed. If he’s out for the year and the Wizards plan to drop him by the summer to clear cap space, why not just do it now?
Hollins is more center than power forward and doesn’t appear to fit well with Marcin Gortat. But at this point, Washington just needs big bodies. Hollins – a nine-year veteran who plays decent interior defense, lacks offensive skill and rebounds poorly for his 7-foot frame – is at least that.