CHICAGO — Glen Davis played 32 minutes in the Orlando Magic's 83-82 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night even though he hurt his occasionally troublesome left shoulder less than 24 hours earlier.
Davis said he felt his shoulder pop out of its socket late in the fourth quarter of the Magic's 101-98 loss Sunday to the Thunder in Oklahoma City. That's the same shoulder that Davis originally dislocated on Dec. 19, 2012.
Davis, who shoots right-handed, still managed to score 14 points and collect 11 rebounds against the Bulls.
"Did it hurt? Yeah," Davis said. "But, at the same time, I'm not going to sit out."
With the Magic ahead 81-79 with 6.8 seconds left, Davis hit a pair of free throws to extend the lead to four points.
"They were really important," Davis said. "I'm glad I made 'em. You never know what might happen out there."
The recent returns of combo forward Tobias Harris and Davis from injuries have created extra depth, but their presence also means the team's players must get accustomed to playing with each other.
Consider, for example, that Harris and Davis hadn't played alongside rookie Victor Oladipo or Jason Maxiell or Ronnie Price until recently. And remember, for instance, that Davis didn't play much alongside Maurice Harkless before Davis' injuries last season.
So players need to learn the others' tendencies.
"That's just going to take some time," coach Jacque Vaughn said. "It's kind of pressing the reset button a little bit and guys getting to learn each other, learn rotations and where shots are going to come from."
An NBA spokesman said league disciplinary officials upheld the Flagrant 2 foul Andrew Nicholson committed against Anderson Varejao in the closing seconds of Friday night's loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
On that play, Nicholson pushed Varejao after Varejao made an uncontested layup to extend the Cavs' lead to 108-100 with 10.2 seconds left in the game. Varejao fell to the floor clutching his left knee.
The Flagrant 2 resulted in Nicholson's automatic ejection.
League disciplinary officials review video of all flagrant fouls and have the right to reclassify those fouls.
A player who commits a Flagrant 2 foul receives two points on his disciplinary record, and Nicholson now has two points this season.
Once a player exceeds five disciplinary points in a season, he receives an automatic suspension.
Varejao writhed in pain after he fell to the court, but he played 31 minutes in the Cavaliers' game the following night in Miami.
Back in United Center
On Monday night, Oladipo sat in the Magic's locker room at United Center and felt a case of déjà vu — and accomplishment.
Exactly nine months earlier, on March 16, his Indiana Hoosiers played a Big Ten Tournament semifinal game at United Center and used the same locker room.
"They've still got the same security guys," Oladipo said, smiling. "So it's kind of crazy. But it's pretty cool to be in this same locker room but just in a different jersey."
Hoosiers fans still love him. A group of them sat courtside two hours before tipoff just to watch him do pregame drills, and Oladipo received loud cheers when he was introduced as a starter.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun