If you were wondering why Glen Davis was absent as the Clippers looked to replace Blake Griffin’s production in quarters two through four, Doc Rivers sent Davis to the locker room from what was reported by the Clippers as “disciplinary reasons”. Here is what Rivers had to say on the incident:
Nothing went on with me. I just thought ‘Baby’ was too emotional and for me if you’re too emotional, I always send you back to the locker room and keep you back there until the next game. I love ‘Baby,’ but I didn’t think emotionally he was ready to play tonight, so we told him to go to the locker room. For me, it’s all about emotional hijacks and if you have one, you go to the back. We’ve talked about that as a group, and I didn’t make a big deal about it or address it at halftime. We needed him tonight, but he wasn’t here.”
This fits the profile that has followed Glen Davis throughout his career. He’s never been an excellent player, a seventh or eighth rotation player at best, depending on the team, but the immature tag has been his thing.
Since joining the Clippers, Glen Davis has been marginal at best. He added what the team needed, someone not named Ryan Hollins, Antawn Jamison or Byron Mullens getting key rotation minutes for a championship team, but he’s only averaging 13 minutes per game and is making little to no impact on offense. But like I said, him not being the three aforementioned players helps the team out on the defensive end.
This will likely blow over by the next game as Rivers and Davis have a relationship that goes back to the Celtics 2008 championship team. If Rivers say his maneuver was protocol then Davis won’t feel singled out. And with Griffin likely sidelined for the next few games, they’ll need him to fill in at times.
Quotes via Clippers.com