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http://www.nba.com/celtics/roster/RickyEmbraces_20050314.htmlRed Auerbach has widely been credited with developing the sixth man role in basketball. His thinking was that if you take one of your top scorers and bring him off the bench, he'll be matched up with one of the opponents' weaker players when he enters the game.

Auerbach brought sixth men to the Celtics such as John Havlicek, Kevin McHale, Bill Walton and the first sixth man Frank Ramsey, which only makes it fitting that the 2004-05 Celtics have returned to their sixth man roots with one of the league's best, Ricky Davis.

Davis, who was penciled in as a starter coming out of training camp, was moved to the bench after just seven games. Skeptics wondered if Davis would accept the role, or even sulk and cause problems. But Davis has more than accepted the move— he's embraced his role as the Celtics energizer and big time scorer off the bench.

But Davis' role has been more than just the normal sixth man coming off the bench and scoring. Another reason for the move was that the second unit was filled with so many young and promising, but still inexperienced, players. The second unit needed a stabilizing force, something Davis has provided.

"Of course I would love to start," said Davis. "But if I can help this team win more games as the sixth man, then I'm all for it. Our second unit needed a lift and a go to guy, so I love being their leader."

<table style="border: 1px solid rgb(1, 74, 1);" border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" width="200"> <tbody><tr><td align="center" bgcolor="#00611b">

**Celtics Sixth Man Of The Year Award Winners***</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" bgcolor="#e5e5e5">1983-84 Kevin McHale</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" bgcolor="#ffffff">1984-85 Kevin McHale</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" bgcolor="#e5e5e5">1985-86 Bill Walton</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" bgcolor="#ffffff">

**Award Originated in 1982-83*</td></tr></tbody> </table> <table bgcolor="#00611b" border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" width="200"> <tbody><tr><td colspan="3" align="center" bgcolor="#00611b">

**Top NBA Bench Players**</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" bgcolor="#00611b">

**Player**</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#00611b">

**PPG**</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#00611b">

**FG%**</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" bgcolor="#e5e5e5">

**Davis - Boston**</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#e5e5e5">15.7</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#e5e5e5">46.8</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" bgcolor="#ffffff">Stackhouse - Dallas</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff">15.6</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff">41.1</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" bgcolor="#e5e5e5">Gordon- Chicago</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#e5e5e5">14.7</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#e5e5e5">43.2</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" bgcolor="#ffffff">Turkoglu - Orlando</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff">14.3</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff">42.3</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" bgcolor="#e5e5e5">Bell - Utah</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#e5e5e5">12.5</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#e5e5e5">45.7</td></tr></tbody> </table>

This thread wil monitor Ricky Davis' performances in the remaining regular season games as he tries to win the 6th Man Award.

**It will be updated every game.**

Game 73:

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Game 73:

**BENCH**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**M**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**FG**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**3FG**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**FT**</td><td class="bg1" align="righy">

**OR**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**TR**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**A**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**TO**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**STL**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**BLK**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**PF**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**PTS**</td></tr><tr class="bg2" align="right" height="17" valign="middle"><td align="left">R. Davis, SG</td><td align="right">41</td><td align="center">8-20</td><td align="center">3-7</td><td align="center">8-10</td><td align="righy">0</td><td align="right">2</td><td align="right">2</td><td align="right">4</td><td align="right">0</td><td align="right">1</td><td align="right">2</td><td align="right">27</td></tr></tbody> </table>

**Game 74:**

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**BENCH**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**M**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**FG**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**3FG**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**FT**</td><td class="bg1" align="righy">

**OR**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**TR**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**A**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**TO**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**STL**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**BLK**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**PF**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**PTS**</td></tr><tr class="bg3" align="right" height="17" valign="middle"><td align="left">R. Davis, SG</td><td align="right">30</td><td align="center">3-10</td><td align="center">1-4</td><td align="center">6-6</td><td align="righy">0</td><td align="right">4</td><td align="right">7</td><td align="right">2</td><td align="right">2</td><td align="right">1</td><td align="right">3</td><td align="right">13</td></tr></tbody> </table>

**Game 75:**

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**BENCH**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**M**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**FG**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**3FG**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**FT**</td><td class="bg1" align="righy">

**OR**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**TR**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**A**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**TO**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**STL**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**BLK**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**PF**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**PTS**</td></tr><tr class="bg2" align="right" height="17" valign="middle"><td align="left">R. Davis, SG</td><td align="right">35</td><td align="center">10-16</td><td align="center">2-3</td><td align="center">5-6</td><td align="righy">0</td><td align="right">5</td><td align="right">3</td><td align="right">3</td><td align="right">1</td><td align="right">0</td><td align="right">2</td><td align="right">27</td></tr></tbody> </table>

**Game 76:**

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**BENCH**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**M**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**FG**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**3FG**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**FT**</td><td class="bg1" align="righy">

**OR**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**TR**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**A**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**TO**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**STL**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**BLK**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**PF**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**PTS**</td></tr><tr class="bg2" align="right" height="17" valign="middle"><td align="left">R. Davis, SG</td><td align="right">33</td><td align="center">4-13</td><td align="center">0-4</td><td align="center">6-6</td><td align="righy">2</td><td align="right">6</td><td align="right">3</td><td align="right">3</td><td align="right">1</td><td align="right">0</td><td align="right">1</td><td align="right">14</td></tr></tbody> </table>

**Game 77:**

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**BENCH**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**M**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**FG**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**3FG**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**FT**</td><td class="bg1" align="righy">

**OR**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**TR**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**A**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**TO**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**STL**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**BLK**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**PF**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**PTS**</td></tr><tr class="bg2" align="right" height="17" valign="middle"><td align="left">R. Davis, SG</td><td align="right">33</td><td align="center">3-7</td><td align="center">0-0</td><td align="center">9-9</td><td align="righy">2</td><td align="right">7</td><td align="right">3</td><td align="right">4</td><td align="right">2</td><td align="right">0</td><td align="right">1</td><td align="right">15</td></tr></tbody> </table>

**Game 78:**

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**BENCH**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**M**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**FG**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**3FG**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**FT**</td><td class="bg1" align="righy">

**OR**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**TR**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**A**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**TO**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**STL**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**BLK**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**PF**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**PTS**</td></tr><tr class="bg2" align="right" height="17" valign="middle"><td align="left">R. Davis, SG</td><td align="right">42</td><td align="center">7-16</td><td align="center">1-2</td><td align="center">2-3</td><td align="righy">0</td><td align="right">3</td><td align="right">4</td><td align="right">2</td><td align="right">0</td><td align="right">0</td><td align="right">4</td><td align="right">17</td></tr></tbody> </table>

**Game 79:**

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</td> <td width="5%">

**MIN**</td> <td nowrap="nowrap" width="7%">

**FGM-A**</td> <td width="7%">

**3PM-A**</td> <td width="7%">

**FTM-A**</td> <td width="6%">

**OREB**</td> <td width="6%">

**REB**</td> <td width="6%">

**AST**</td> <td width="6%">

**STL**</td> <td width="6%">

**BLK**</td> <td width="6%">

**TO**</td> <td width="6%">

**PF**</td> <td width="6%">

**PTS**</td> </tr> <tr align="right" bgcolor="#ececec" valign="middle"> <td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">Ricky Davis, GF</td><td>38</td><td>7-16</td><td>0-1</td><td>2-3</td><td align="right">3</td><td>6</td><td>3</td><td>0</td><td>1</td><td>1</td><td>0</td><td>16</td></tr></tbody> </table>

**Game 80:**

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**BENCH**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**M**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**FG**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**3FG**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**FT**</td><td class="bg1" align="righy">

**OR**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**TR**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**A**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**TO**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**STL**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**BLK**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**PF**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**PTS**</td></tr><tr class="bg2" align="right" height="17" valign="middle"><td align="left">R. Davis, SG</td><td align="right">34</td><td align="center">5-15</td><td align="center">1-3</td><td align="center">2-3</td><td align="righy">1</td><td align="right">3</td><td align="right">1</td><td align="right">5</td><td align="right">0</td><td align="right">2</td><td align="right">1</td><td align="right">13</td></tr></tbody> </table>

**Game 81:**

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**BENCH**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**M**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**FG**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**3FG**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**FT**</td><td class="bg1" align="righy">

**OR**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**TR**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**A**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**TO**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**STL**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**BLK**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**PF**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**PTS**</td></tr><tr class="bg2" align="right" height="17" valign="middle"><td align="left">R. Davis, SG</td><td align="right">31</td><td align="center">6-16</td><td align="center">0-3</td><td align="center">3-5</td><td align="righy">1</td><td align="right">3</td><td align="right">0</td><td align="right">2</td><td align="right">1</td><td align="right">0</td><td align="right">1</td><td align="right">15</td></tr></tbody> </table>

<table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="1" width="100%"> <tbody><tr class="bg3" align="right" height="17" valign="middle"><td class="bg1" align="left">

**BENCH**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**M**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**FG**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**3FG**</td><td class="bg1" align="center">

**FT**</td><td class="bg1" align="righy">

**OR**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**TR**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**A**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**TO**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**STL**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**BLK**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">

**PF**</td><td class="bg1" align="right">PTS</td></tr><tr class="bg3" align="right" height="17" valign="middle"><td align="left">R. Davis, SG</td><td align="right">24</td><td align="center">2-5</td><td align="center">0-2</td><td align="center">2-2</td><td align="righy">1</td><td align="right">2</td><td align="right">5</td><td align="right">2</td><td align="right">3</td><td align="right">1</td><td align="right">2</td><td align="right">6</td></tr></tbody> </table>