Lakers vs. Celtics Game 4: Boston Needs More 'Big Baby,' Less Drama from Wallace
When you hear, Glen "Big Baby" Davis, it resembles the typical nickname associated with prize fighters. Big Baby does everything, but fight on the basketball court. He has given his team the inside presence missing from Celtics roster. His 30 points and eight rebounds over the past two games can not describe what he has brought to the Celtics lineup in the 46 minutes he has been on the floor.
On the other hand, you have Rasheed Wallace. He embodies everything you do not want in a teammate. Midway through the fourth quarter as the Celtics were building a substantial lead, Wallace crosses Kobe's face to block his shot. The referee called a foul that really looked legitimate on the live feed. Wallace bolted around the sideline, throwing his hands up in there, yelling profane remarks, and he earned a technical foul.
Wallace could be considered one of the most selfish players on the court in NBA history with the amount of technical fouls he receives even with the NBA Championship on the line.
With less than four minutes in the game, Wallace was knocked to the floor and just laid underneath the hoop while his teammates played short-handed. Wallace ended up being the reason the Lakers got fouled while making a practically uncontested lay-up. The play is over, his teammate walk over, and he jumps up smiling.
The play turned what would have been an 11-point Celtics lead with the ball, into a easy lay-up and a free throw for Los Angeles. They converted the free throw, and their double digit lead disappeared as quickly as Wallace' grimace.
It's just an embarrassment to that organization and has to just eat at Celtics head coach, Doc Rivers. He has players who are so dedicated to the team, and try their best at both ends of the floor.
Then there is Rasheed who jogs back and forth between three-point lines. He is a center who shoots from the perimeter and plays very little defense. He played last night like it was a Thursday night in mid-January. He showed no discipline, no heart, and a serious lack of focus.
"Big Baby" is a perfect compliment to Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins. His offensive ability to overpower Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, and Lamar Odom has proven to be a key factor late in Games 3 and 4. He lacks a little length on the defensive end, but the Celtics make up for that with Garnett.
It's a happy day in Boston as the Celtics evened the series at 2-2, but they will need to play better in the first half if they expect to celebrate in Los Angeles. "Big Baby" will continue to give Boston everything he has in his limited minutes.
Doc Rivers needs to realize the quality of minutes he is giving him. Wallace was a distraction late in Game 4, he could have cost his team the game. He is a disgrace to this league and any team that pays him to play basketball. A combination of Garnett, Perkins, and Davis would out hustle and out score anything they do with Rasheed. Boston fans need to start the crying and whining for their "Big Baby" as soon as Wallace enters the game.
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