Posted by Sekou Smith
LOS ANGELES — Rasheed Wallace is expected to get the starting call for Game 7 in place of injured Celtics center Kendrick Perkins, and far be it from me to second guess Doc Rivers at this stage of the game.
But something tells me the Celtics’ true “X-factor” tonight is gonna be Big Baby Davis.
I know he hasn’t done much since his Shrek outing in Game 4 (above). And I know Wallace is the one player in this series, for either team, that’s actually played in a Game 7 in the NBA Finals (against the Spurs in 2005).
Still, I’m going with Shrek Baby as the one wild card that could tilt this game in the Celtics’ favor. He’s played the hero before (remember that game-winner in Orlando, below, last year?)
Even more hilarious, however, is just how convinced Shrek Baby is that he will serve as the wild card tonight.
“We’ve got to pull all the stops out, man,” Davis said. “I felt like the energy was great last game. I was rebounding and I played my role. I didn’t score. Right now I’m not a threat out there. And I know I can be a threat because I know what kind of player I am. The Lakers know what kind of player I am. But they really haven’t seen me.”
Not since he and Nate Robinson snatched Game 4 for the Celtics with inspired performances off the bench.
Davis hasn’t made a shot since that night, though he does have 12 rebounds and two blocks in the two games since then.
“I haven’t hit a lot of jumpers this series,” he said, “I haven’t hit a lot of jumpers this year. But I can hit an open jumper, and they’re giving it to me. So I’m going to be real aggressive. I’m not about to sit here and be thinking about what I should have did. I’m going to go out there and do what I feel I should do.”
His minutes will certainly be up, so there will be no shortage of opportunities to impact the game.
And no one relishes the opportunity more.
“I love it,” Davis said. “I love the opportunity to step up and play a lot of minutes and be that guy on the floor. This is what you want right here. This is what you want. You got to go get it.”
And if the Celtics find a way to win, Davis knows exactly how he’d like to finish the night … celebrating on the Lakers’ home court.
“It would be great. I would love to,” he said. “I would love to celebrate on the Lakers’ floor. But it’s going to be tough. We’ve got to make it happen … because we were the prey last game and they ate us really, really bad. They ate everything. They didn’t leave nothing on the table and didn’t ask for seconds. They were eating. We didn’t eat.”
Someone has to do something crazy tonight, play out of their mind and turn this game upside down. We’re guessing this is the guy, for good or bad. We’re calling it now: Shrek Baby eats tonight.
Plus, it’s Game 7, “history,” as he said, “what the fans want, what the world wants.”
But what does Shrek Baby want?
“What do I want? I want to be on a float taking my shirt off, screaming, celebrating a championship,” he said. “I want to be on a float next Monday. It’ll be probably Sunday or Monday.”