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>

Bennett back at practice, but admits injuries hurting his play

Bennett back at practice, but admits injuries hurting his play

FOXBORO -- Martellus Bennett is willing to admit it. 

"Last week was probably my worst game as a Patriot," he told reporters in the locker room on Thursday. "But, you know, you have a bad game here and there. This week, come back grinding, and get ready."

Never was it more clear than on Sunday that Bennett has been hobbled by the injuries he's dealing with. He's coped with an ankle injury since Week 5 in Cleveland that has earned him the respect of his teammates and coaches, but against the Rams it appeared to severely impact his performance. 

He saw four targets and caught two for four yards. As a blocker -- the facet of his game that stood out more than his receiving ability early this season -- he was called for two holds and had difficulty keeping his assignments in check, both in the run game and in pass protection. 

Asked if he may benefit from a week off, Bennett said he planned to continue to play.

"I never thought about that. I just keep going," he said. "I'm like the energizer bunny. I just try to find a way. Sometimes it's [expletive] when you're out there playing with different injuries. You can't do a lot of things that you want to do. You have [expletive] plays. You might have a string of bad plays in a row just because youre dealing with different things . . . 

"But throughout the game you kind of find a way to get the job done. I think that's the biggest point. It may not be pretty all the time, but try to figure some kind of way to get it done. Sometimes it's adjusting as the game goes on."

He added: "The thing about this sport is it's always something. You never go throuigh a season without having some kind of nick or tear, but there's a lot of guys playing with different things. But some guys are able to play through different injuries, and [with] some of the same injuries, you see guys around the league . . . go on IR and things like that. But it just depends on the person and their pain tolerance."

Bennett was back at practice Thursday after he wasn't spotted there on Wednesday. He may be helped by the long week leading up to Monday's game against the Ravens. It could mean an extra day of rest and recovery.

Sometimes, he said, it's difficult not to be out there.

"Sometimes. Sometimes it's like, thank God. I needed that today," he said. "It varies each week. . . I'll fight through whatever and I think that's something that my teammates and coaches know about me that I'm going to try to give them everything I got no matter what."

Tim Thomas ranked one of top 40 goalies on very weird list

Tim Thomas ranked one of top 40 goalies on very weird list

The NHL Network is terrific. Its programming is the best of any of the four major sports leagues’ channels, its talent is outstanding and it shows a lot of cool games across various leagues.  

Players mess up though. 

In the network’s recently released ranking of the 40 best goaltenders of all time, the Bruins were well-represented, but so too was insanity. We’re talking Jonathan Quick in the top 20 (No. 16!), Marc-Andre Fleury top 25 (No. 21!) and Corey Crawford top 30 (No. 26!). Those are just a few of the head-scratchers. 

Tim Thomas was one of seven Bruins on the list, coming in at No. 27. Other Bruins ranked were Bernie Parent (No. 12), Frank Brimsek (No. 23), Rogie Vachon (No. 25), Tiny Thompson (No. 28), Gerry Cheevers (No. 29), Andy Moog (No. 36). Here's the full list, per Mark Lazerus. 

Statistically, Tuukka Rask deserves a place on this list if Fleury and Crawford are going to be that high, but we’ll save the Rask arguments for literally every other second of my life. 

[OK, real quick: Rask has the highest career save percentage of all time. Quick sits No. 17 and Fleury is 32nd. This doesn’t need to be completely statistics based, but it also shouldn’t be completely how-many-Cup-teams-were-on-based. Honestly, I can’t tell what this list is based on at all. Like Cristobal Huet had a better career save percentage than Fleury has.]

Anyway, everyone else hated the list, too.