Look, I get veteran savvy. I get high basketball IQ. I get contributions that aren’t seen in the box score.
But frankly, there weren’t even very many of those from Jared Dudley Tuesday night. If this game were a Hollywood production, Dudley might not have gotten a credit because he was little more than an extra in this game.
I don’t place a huge amount of faith in plus/minus. But when one out of five starters has a negative number and you’re that guy? You did not have a very impactful performance, regardless of how many little things you’re known for.
At this point, I’m pretty sure that if a vial of a toxic substance were falling through the air, Ed Davis would either rebound it or tap it to someone who would.
Davis continues to make the most of limited minutes. His defense, both on his man and in help situations, is rock solid and he is involved in just about every rebound when he’s out there.
But Davis is also a guy who is going to get called for a lot of fouls. It’s the nature of the beast when you are big and yet awkward looking — you’re going to be found guilty when someone hits the floor and you’re in the area.
If he’s not the best backup center in the NBA, it’s not a very long list before you find Ed Davis.