Because he owns the glass... (I know you laughed.... but probably said "cheesy" at the same time..)
In a year in which everyone is saying the Celtics can’t rebound, Big Baby is doing exactly what he has always done throughout his career. For some reason, a reason I can’t quite figure out, it feels as though Glen is playing with a chip on his shoulder. Maybe it is because he felt like he let the team down during the time his hand was wrapped up and he couldn't be on the floor?
Last year once he became a starter, he became more of a regular player. What I mean by that is that he became more of a jump shooter, and really didn’t make (as many of) the gritty plays that he is making now. What we notice when he is in the game is many offensive boards. I commend his hustle, but I sometimes despise his attempts to 90% of the time shoot right after he gets the board. If he gets the rebound, and is away from the basket, more times than not the entire other team is down there because they expect to easily get the defensive rebound. So that leaves a loaded paint area for Baby to try and meander his way around. Sometimes this leads to some very awkward shots.
What I don’t mind is when he gets it directly under the hoop and puts it right back up (maybe after a few of his patented pump fakes). Or, another time I don’t mind it is when he can clearly notice that it is a one on one opportunity instead of a 1 on 4.
It is obvious that Davis saw how effective Kevin Garnett was at his mid range shot, and wanted to add that to his repertoire. He did that last year, but with the thumb injury this year has struggled to find his stroke. Another thing he should take after KG is The Big Tickets ability to pass from the post area. If Big Baby were to have the court vision on some of these rebounds he grabs, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce could get some wide open attempts for three.
How can I really complain too much, though. He is doing what very few players on the team can do. All I can do is nit pick and say what would make him great at what he does instead of "good". In the past 3 games, he has averaged only 17 minutes, but in those minutes he has reeled in 13 rebounds with an astonishing 10 of them being of the offensive variety. If that isn't hustle, and something that will be great in the playoffs, than I don't know what is.
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