Dec 19, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic power forward Glen Davis (11) reacts in pain after an injury during the fourth quarter against the Washington Wizards at Amway Center. Orlando defeated Washington 90-83. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

The Value of Glen Davis: Orlando Magic Sinking Without Former Celtic

Glen Davis was averaging 16 points per game prior to separating his shoulder, and the Orlando Magic were making a strong push to be the surprise playoff team of the Eastern Conference.

Since Davis has went down, however, the Magic have dropped eight straight games.  For all the criticism Davis had been drawing for the dubious quality of his shot selection in Orlando, they sure can’t seem to live without the undersized LSU big man.

Davis now is returning to basketball workouts and shot baskets for the first time since his injury on Dec. 19 according to an Orlando Sentinel report.

Davis’ return could not come any sooner for the struggling Magic, who hung with the New York Knicks for three-and-a-half quarters before a dominant Carmelo Anthony went bonkers in the fourth quarter en route to 40 points in a 114-106 victory at the Amway Center.

The Magic’s Jameer Nelson and Aaron Afflalo both scored 29 points a piece, but the Magic clearly needed Davis on the court.  While his shot selection may have been criticized, he was the only consistent Orlando big man that they could rely on offensively.  As good as Nikola Vucevic has been, he doesn’t yet have the offensive game Davis does, and without Big Baby the Magic just can’t manage to close out games.

The time table regarding Davis’ return is still unclear, and he hasn’t yet been cleared for contact drills.  However, the Magic can’t get by without the former Celtic, and until he returns, they’ll likely continue to plummet in the Eastern Conference standings en route to a trip to the 2013 NBA Draft lottery.

Perhaps that isn’t so bad, since the best the Magic likely could have done was a first round sweep—even with a healthy Baby.

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