Allen gets his 'Top Gun' on in Celtics' win


Allen gets his 'Top Gun' on in Celtics' win

BOSTON It only makes sense that Ray Allen, one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, lists 'Top Gun' as one of his favorite movies.<br><br>In Boston's 97-92 overtime win over Houston, Allen acknowledged he took a page from the flick in helping the Celtics (20-17) extend their winning streak to five and -- maybe just as important -- set up a showdown Wednesday night in Philadelphia, with the winner sitting atop the Atlantic Division.<br><br>"I was watching how they were guarding me, so as the fourth quarter came along and overtime, when I got the ball I knew they were trying to run me off the three point line," Allen said. "So I just said, 'This 3 is going to be on my terms.'<br>"When Courtney Lee jumped at me I knew I was going to fake him and let him fly by me. It's like one of my favorite movies, 'Top Gun,' I put on the brakes and let him fly by."<br><br><img src="commonglobal_imagesblog_divider.png">And as Lee soared past Allen, in an instant the ball was out of Allen's hands, airborne, and . . . swish! Celtics were up by two points with a few ticks left on the clock. <br><br>A missed layup by Rajon Rondo set up a regulation-tying jumper by Goran Dragic. But in the overtime period, Allen would serve as both the opening and closing act, as he scored the first points of overtime with a nice reverse layup, and sealed the C's victory with a pair of free throws with 18 seconds to play that would serve as the game's final points. <br><br>"That's what he does," said Paul Pierce, who led all scorers with 30 points - 7 of which came in overtime. "He's a mark of consistency; he set the ball as one of the great marksmen of all time."<br><br>And to think that Allen, 36, is seemingly getting better with time.<br><br>Allen, a career 40 percent shooter from 3-point range, came into Tuesday's game connecting on a career-high 48.3 percent of his 3s this season.<br><br>"Age isn't anything but a number," said C's guard Keyon Dooling. "Ray is one of the best conditioned athletes in our league. He puts his time in; he still does the same routine he's had for years and obviously he's the greatest shooter in the history of the game."<br><br>While Allen spends a considerable amount of time preparing his body in the offseason, he even finds ways to stay in tip-top shape during games.<br><br>"Even in games you have to learn how to be efficient out there," Allen said. "Sometimes you have to run harder just to push that bad wind out of you and sometimes you have to just be efficient, and get to your spot and allow your body to recover out there. So it changes; you just have to listen to your body."<br><br>Coach Doc Rivers is among those who knows how hard Allen works at preparing his body for the grind of an NBA season.<br><br>But to be as effective a shooter as he is at his age, Rivers is among those baffled by it all. <br><br>"I don't know how you do it. Clearly they have a hoop on the golf course in the summertime, because that's where he spends his whole summer," quipped Rivers. "He's an amazing athlete."<div>

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: What's going on between Patriots, Butler?


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: What's going on between Patriots, Butler?

0:41 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith discuss what’s going on between the Patriots and Malcolm Butler after Bill Belichick praised Jonathan Jones and Eric Rowe but didn’t have much to say on Butler.

5:39 - John Farrell thinks David Price out of the bullpen can be similar to Andrew Miller with the Indians last year in the playoffs. Our panel on BST break it down.

10:35 - Curran, Holley, Smith, and Phil Perry talk about the NFL ratings being down and why that continues to be.

15:15 - Evan Drellich joins BST after the Red Sox win to explain why Drew Pomeranz could be even more threatening, how good the bullpen actually is, and the offense not driving in runs.

Krug, Forbacka Karlsson suffer upper body injuries vs. Red Wings


Krug, Forbacka Karlsson suffer upper body injuries vs. Red Wings

BOSTON – The Bruins ended Tuesday night’s preseason home date with another feel-good victory over the Red Wings, but it may have come at a cost.

Both Torey Krug and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson were injured in the second period of the B’s 4-2 win over the Red Wings at TD Garden, and didn’t return to the game. Krug was hit in the face with a puck in the defensive zone during the second period, and quickly exited the ice with Bruins trainer Don DelNegro after the impact of the puck hitting his face initially took his feet out from under him.  

“[Krug] clearly didn’t finish the game, and took a shot up in the facial area,” said Bruce Cassidy of Krug, who had a couple of shots on net in 9:10 of ice time while largely playing with Charlie McAvoy in an offensive-minded pairing. “We’ll probably have an update tomorrow.”

Forbacka Karlsson took a hard tumble into the end boards in the game’s middle period, and never returned after serving up the primary assist on Danton Heinen’s goal earlier in that very same period. JFK tried to return to Tuesday night’s win over the Red Wings, according to Cassidy, but was kept out of the game with an upper body injury that has his status as questionable moving forward.

“He went into the boards late in the second. He’s day-to-day, upper body. I think wanted to – he did come back and try [to return to the game],” said Cassidy of JFK, who put up an assist and a plus-1 rating in 8:37 of ice time before leaving the game. “I don’t think it’s serious, but I can’t speculate. We’ll get another update tomorrow. It didn’t look good, but I don’t think it’s as bad as it looked. We’ll know more [about JFK] tomorrow.”

It certainly sounds like both Krug and JFK could miss a day or two of practice moving forward after the injury wear-and-tear of preseason action, but the hope is that the Black and Gold won’t be missing a couple of key performers for anything more than that.