HOUSTON — A frustrating pattern emerged for Glen Davis in his first eight games back from a fractured left foot.
His performances on offense resembled a roller coaster. After each strong game on offense, he followed in the next game with an unproductive night.
After he scored a career-high 33 points on 15-of-24 shooting in a double-overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, he followed up with a four-point game in a loss to the New York Knicks on Friday.
His rough game against the Knicks left Davis disappointed. Arron Afflalo had another strong offensive game that night, but Afflalo didn’t receive enough support.
“I just feel so bad for Arron,” Davis said. “He plays so well every game, and me being a leader on this team, I’ve got to help him. I can’t have just one good game [and be] up-and-down, up-and-down. He needs some help, and I’m the guy that’s supposed to help him on both sides of the ball. I’m a veteran and I can do it. So, I’ve just got to get back in the swing of things.”
Davis hopes he’ll have a strong game when the Magic face the Houston Rockets tonight at Toyota Center.
Playing against former teammate Dwight Howard will provide a bit of motivation, to be sure.
Davis played superbly when the Magic upset Howard’s Los Angeles Lakers 113-103 on Dec. 2, 2012, at Staples Center. In that matchup, Davis scored 23 points and collected 12 rebounds.
But, because of his fractured foot, Davis’ missed the teams’ rematch on March 12 — a rematch the Lakers won 106-97 in Orlando.
Predictably, Magic coach Jacque Vaughn isn’t nearly as quick to criticize Davis’ inconsistency on offense as Davis is.
“Well, he hasn’t played basketball in a long time,” Vaughn said when asked about Davis’ up-and-down play. “So, the mental part is where he can be consistent. The physical will catch up, and his instincts will continue to catch up as he plays games.
“But the mental focus of understanding that it’s not going to look pretty every game and to be able to fight through that and do other things to help your team [can be there]. Arron has been extremely consistent for us, and he’s been a rock for us for showing guys that it can be done with a certain amount of focus and concentration level.”
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