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Portland Trail Blazers Forward Ed Davis Praised After Huge Game

As the Blazers beat the Los Angeles Clippers last night, a slumping bench player came to the fore.

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After struggling through a two-week slump that featured atypically poor production combined with frequent miscues, Portland Trail Blazers forward Ed Davis finally broke out in last night's 108-103 victory over the Los Angeles ClippersAs the Portland Tribune's Kerry Eggers points out, the world is noticing.

As Eggers points out, Davis got attention from star guard Damian Lillard:

"Ed was a beast," said Lillard, who scored 11 of his game-high 27 points in the fourth quarter. "He caught passes in traffic, he finished over guys, he offensive-rebounded, he protected the rim. A lot of the shots he didn't block, he changed them. He had a huge presence for us based off all hustle. He doesn't get a lot of credit, but he does it all the time."

And more from Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts:

"Ed was very active," Portland coach Terry Stotts said. "He competed for every rebound, loose balls, finished around the basket. He was good with the smaller lineup because they gave him a lot of space. He had a terrific game.

"I've never been one to preach offensive rebounds, but it's great when we have them. It takes a lot of work to get them. They don't just fall in your lap. He worked for them. Those energy plays are contagious."

The Blazers have been searching for a regular power forward in the absence of Meyers Leonard, who is down with a shoulder injury. Davis is the only forward they haven't tried in the starting lineup since Leonard went down. Might he be worth a look?

Eggers has much more, including Davis' effectiveness playing alongside Mason Plumlee, Lillard's assessment of last night's defense, and Stotts on the strong finish last night.