Inside the Celtics locker room: Will the momentum from Big Baby’s shot carry into Game 5?

celebration In the aftermath of the Celtics dramatic Game 4 victory, there was an aurora of confidence inside the team’s locker room. Players laughed and joked, while taking time out to lavish praise on Glen “Big Baby” Davis for his late-game heroics. “I am happy for him and I told him to soak it all in,” Rajon Rondo said. “It doesn’t get any bigger than this. It might end up being the biggest shot of his career especially with the momentum change.” That’s where the real question lies. We know that Boston has the mental edge heading into Game 5, but just how big is that advantage? Instead of post-game questions about the whether or not the series is over, players were asked if they felt like this year’s Boston team is one of the most resilient ever. “I do think this team has a lot of fight in it, especially dealing with adversity,” Brian Scalabrine said. Even some members of the Boston media seemed to have a little spring in their step after the game. Other Celtics players talked about Paul Pierce’s decision to pass instead of shoot, and how it shows just how much members of the team trust one another. “Guys do trust one another out there on the court to make the right play,” Eddie House said. “That’s proof when you make the right play, good things happen.” Without a sign of discontent in the Boston locker room, the team is clearly galvanized heading into tonight’s game, if it even needed galvanizing in the first place. The Celtics were laughing and uttering the phrase “we raided their village.” This is a close team, and the confidence from the big win was evident. “Huge game for us obviously,” Boston coach Doc Rivers said. “Going down 3-1 would have been very difficult, but then again we have a lot of basketball in this series.” I think tonight’s first quarter is going to be big. Boston is going to come out in front of it’s home crowd looking to get off to a good start, and dishearten the Magic. If Orlando can survive an early barrage from the Celtics, the momentum from Big Baby’s will soon be forgotten. If Boston gets up early? It could be all downhill for the Magic. “It will be a good experience to learn from this,” Hedo Turkoglu said Sunday night. “I think it will be a good challenge for us to see where we are and how strong we can bounce back.”

Philip Rossman-Reich

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