Celtics’ Glen Davis is just fine coming off the bench

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Glen Davis loves being a Celtic. Loves that he is a key contributor to a contending team. Loves coming off the bench.

But when Kevin Garnett was out recently, Davis stepped into the starting role — and struggled. He admitted to Paul Flannery at WEEI that once he moved in with the first five he had a mental block.

“It’s all mental,” he said. “I was kind too hard on myself when I was starting. I wanted to prove to Doc [Rivers] and prove to my teammates … The difference between that and the playoffs is I just went and played. That’s what I do when I come off the bench, I just go out and play. I put a lot of pressure on myself.  I got out of myself and tried to be something [else]. That’s now how it works. You have to be yourself. I had a couple of good games, but as far as all-around games, the way I know I can play, I didn’t bring it. Now being on the bench you get back to the same mentality.”

It’s a good experience. Someday the Celtics are going to need Davis to start again. And to just be Big Baby.