BOSTON -- Theres a difference between worry and frustration.
After falling to 5-9 and losing six of their last seven games on Friday, Ray Allen is feeling the latter.
I dont have a worry about it because if I had a team that had guys on here that couldnt play, couldnt understand how to play this game, they were young and had to learn, I would be troubled, he said following the Celtics 79-71 loss to the Phoenix Suns. Whats frustrating about it is I do have guys that know how to play and understand the game.
Allen scored a team-high 14 points (4-8 FG) and noted that he, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce havent been having the freedom to score as much as they did in the past when they had more open looks and better ball movement. The trios scoring averages are all down from last season.
The Celtics have to change to get back on track, and theyre looking for an answer.
I dont know if weve got to simplify it or switch it around just a little bit different, said Allen. But I think weve got to stop over thinking it. When we get the ball, weve got to post up more, I think, but we definitely just have to be able to put the ball in the hoop. I think it changes a lot of whats been ailing us.
In spite of their struggles this season, Allen knows what his teammates are capable of. With the exception of Kendrick Perkins, it is the same starting group that won a title in 2008 and came close in following seasons. They may be older, but Allen believes they still have what it takes to win.
Its tough. Ive played on teams where you lose a lot, but this locker room, were not losers, he said. This hurts everybody deeply, so weve got to figure out how to get better and how to help each other get better.
Former Celtics and current Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo is up to his old tricks, apparently.
The Bulls have suspended Rondo for Monday’s game due to conduct detrimental to the team, with Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical saying that the suspension is the result of a “heated exchange” the 30-year-old had with a Bulls assistant during or after the team’s 107-82 loss to the Mavericks Saturday.
Rondo clashing with others is nothing new. He once shattered a television on which the Celtics were showing him game footage to critique him and had to be carried out kicking and screaming by Kevin Garnett. Chris Sheridan reported in 2013 that Doc Rivers had an “intense dislike” for Rondo and that the two almost fought.
After being traded out of Boston, Rondo was suspended for a game by the Mavericks after a shouting match with Rick Carlisle. Last December, he was suspended for calling referee Bill Kennedy a homophobic slur, leading to Kennedy coming out as gay.
Interestingly enough, there's something of a pattern of Rondo's bigger infractions occuring in games against former teams. The Kennedy incident came in a game against the Celtics, while this recent one was against Dallas.
This is the first season of a two-year, $28 million Rondo signed with the Bulls in the offseason. He is averaging 8.2 points per game, 7.2 assists per game and 6.7 rebounds a night.
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