Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis, who’s questionable with an ankle injury for Game 7 against the Spurs, has got a championship ring. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers knows because he has one too–same championship, tellingly. Rivers coached Davis on the 2008 NBA champion Boston Celtics. Davis means a lot to this year’s Clippers. He’s a leader and a contributor–and he’s been there. Big Baby is averaging just 12.5 minutes a game, but he spells Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan–holding down the fort while the big fellas get breathers.
Here’s what Chris Paul says, via Arash Markazi at ESPN, about the importance of Glen Davis: “We need him. Baby’s an emotional leader for our team. He really leads that second unit, and we have an amazing training staff, I think the best training staff in the league. Those guys will get him ready to go by Saturday.” Paul has enough leadership burden on his shoulders–here he’s even using it to cajole the Clippers training staff into performing at a playoff level. You will hear a very loud roar when Big Baby Davis enters the game at the Staples Center on Saturday night. Chris Paul’s delight will be quiet, but just as pronounced.