- ‘Baby’ delivers the Celtics late: The Celtics set up nearly every option possible in a half-court set on their final possession against the Orlando Magic last night. And with four guards – Ray Allen, Eddie House, Paul Pierce, and Rajon Rondo – eager to take the deciding shot, the ball ended up with Glen Davis, who lofted a 21-foot jumper just before the buzzer to give the Celtics a 95-94 win. [Globe]
- Imposing man, even bigger shot: It’s the one you shoot in the driveway every day when you are a kid. The shot you always take in the mind games of youth. You feather your way into the corner while the imaginary clock winds down. You count down . . . three . . . two . . . one as you take the pass from out top. [Globe]
- Trust runs in the family: Who else but Big Baby should have been the star of the game on Mother’s Day? “I told our guys before the game – we talked about Mother’s Day, actually,” coach Doc Rivers said before Glen “Big Baby” Davis hit the deciding jumper in a 95-94 win over Orlando last night. “And we were talking about emotions, looking at the qualities of Mother’s Day. What did she give you? And it was usually determination, heart, discipline. You don’t talk about any other things and I told them that was what we needed. I thought we really dug deep.” [Globe]
- Celtics go Big for win: Doc Rivers predicted it. There would be a night when both sides brought their respective “A” games – a night reminiscent of that brutal, eviscerating first-round series against Chicago. The Celtics coach ran onto the floor last night, bent over and slapped the hardwood with his right hand to proclaim Glen Davis’ 20-foot buzzer-beating game-winner good. He probably had no idea of how accurate that prediction would be. [Herald]
- Big moment by Big Baby: Everyone dreams of taking the final shot in the final second, but not everyone really wants to do it. Truth be told, most guys want the ball in their hands as time is running out about as much as they want to sit next to someone with swine flu on a three-hour plane flight. [Herald]
- No Magic formula for Glen Davis: The Orlando Magic didn’t go into last night’s decisive play paying a lot of attention to Glen Davis. Instead, they were more concerned with sharpshooters such as Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Eddie House. Big Baby made them pay. [Herald]
- Bad shooting night dooms Orlando Magic: The Orlando Magic lost on Sunday night because they couldn’t put the ball in the basket. And it wasn’t because of poor ball movement (59 percent of their field goals were assisted), careless offense (only eight turnovers) or a lack of attacking the hoop (28 free-throw attempts, compared to 27 for Boston). Really, that’s what made this loss so frustrating. The Magic weren’t playing poorly. They were missing open shots. [OMD]
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Brian Robb co-founded CelticsHub in 2009 and is the currently editor-in-chief. He is a producer and reporter at 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston and also contributes to Boston.com and Bleacher Report among other outlets.
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