Allen: 'I'm not going to stop shooting'

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Allen: 'I'm not going to stop shooting'

CHICAGO Here's the thing about Ray Allen. Whether he's shooting well or woefully, you can be sure he'll keep on shooting.

Allen seemed to have broken free of a mini-shooting slump in the second half of Boston's 89-80 loss to the Chicago Bulls Thursday night.

He had 12 points, with all but one point coming in the second half.

Allen's hot hand was instrumental in the Celtics, seemingly on the verge of getting blown out, rallying to make it a relatively close game that wasn't decided until the final minute or two.

For years, the Celtics have talked about how the most telling sign of the team having great ball movement is when Allen gets great looks at the basket.

Allen had a few on Thursday, but not nearly as many as the C's are accustomed to giving him.

Part of that has to go to Chicago's defense. The other part of the problem has to do with the Celtics' big men not setting good enough picks to free up Allen more consistently.

"We have to find a way to get him and Paul Pierce open, get him easy shots," said Boston's Jermaine O'Neal. "Ray is the key. He's the key for us. Get him hot and it changes how teams play, how they defend us."

And while Allen began Thursday by missing his first five shots, there was no panic or concern.

"I just didn't have a great rhythm," Allen said.

But Allen is a shooter, arguably the greatest long-range shooter in his era.

So the idea that a few rough games shooting the ball would deter or make him trigger-shy with his shooting?

Not happening.

"One thing," Allen said. "I'm not going to stop shooting."

McQuaid on going in the NHL expansion draft: ‘I hope that’s not the case for me’

McQuaid on going in the NHL expansion draft: ‘I hope that’s not the case for me’

BOSTON – With the NHL expansion draft looming a couple of months in the future, it became much more of a reality for the Bruins this week now that the 2016-17 season is in the books.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney said on Thursday that he expects the Bruins to go the 7 (forwards) 3 (defensemen) 1 (goaltender) route protecting their roster from the June 21 expansion draft. That will still leave some useful roster players unprotected.

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Atop that available expansion list for the Bruins will be potential names Malcolm Subban, Riley Nash, Jimmy Hayes and Adam McQuaid, who could be headed to Vegas. Asked about the topic at this week’s breakup day for the players, McQuaid expressed his hopes that he isn’t the one selected by the Vegas Golden Knights. The 30-year-old McQuaid stayed healthy enough to play in 77 games this season, and posted two goals and 10 points along with a plus-4 while serving in a top-four role pretty much all season as Torey Krug’s defensive partner.

McQuaid also brought the toughness and quiet leadership element with his willingness to always stand up for his teammates and go toe-to-toe with the toughest guys in the league when it was called for. His midseason heavyweight bout with Matt Martin was one of the most memorable moments of the season. It’s an element the Bruins would miss if he was taken in the expansion draft.  

“Well, I hope not. I never thought of it that way, to be honest with you. Obviously, the reality of the situation is they’re picking somebody from every team,” said McQuaid. “So, I hope that’s not the case for me. I’ve won here and I’ve always said how much I love it back here. I can’t imagine playing for another team. It’s totally out of my control, but hopefully that’s not the case.”

McQuaid is signed for $2.75 million for the next seasons and it was clear he was missed on the penalty kill once he went down injured in the first-round series against the Ottawa Senators. As for the entire expansion process, Sweeney said they are currently whittling down the protected list while required to protect Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and David Backes to start by virtue of the no-movement language in their contracts.

Other young players, Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo and Frank Vatrano among others, don’t need to be protected either after completing this season with two years or less of pro hockey experience. One of the most difficult decisions will come down to protecting either 25-year-old Colin Miller or 28-year-old Kevan Miller as the third defensemen. 

Whichever one of those D-men is left unprotected would join McQuaid as the most likely player to be selected by Vegas GM George McPhee after he spent a decent amount of time scouting the Black and Gold this season to get an idea of which player he wanted.

Here’s our best guess at which players will end up being protected by the Bruins:

Forwards (7): Bergeron, Krejci, Backes, Pastrnak, Marchand, Beleskey and Spooner

Defensemen (3): Chara, Krug and Colin Miller

Goaltender (1): Rask 


 

Brady’s pre-draft Facebook post tries to provide some inspiration to picks

Brady’s pre-draft Facebook post tries to provide some inspiration to picks

Pick No. 199 in 2000 tried to provide a little inspiration to the next generation of NFL draftees before the first selection Thursday night. 

Remember: they can't measure heart. Whether you're picked first, last or not at all, YOU decide what happens next, every day. Good luck!!!

Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, April 27, 2017