Allen honored to be in the running for All-Star berth


Allen honored to be in the running for All-Star berth

BOSTON -- Even after 10 NBA All-Star selections in 15 years, Ray Allen is still honored by the fact that he's simply considered for the accolade.

Allen was not named to the 2012 All-Star reserves, which were announced prior to the Celtics-Lakers game on Thursday. Shortly after, the 36-year-old guard posted 22 points (9-for-20 field-goal shooting, 2-for-6 on 3-point attempts), 6 rebounds and 2 assists in 40 minutes.

Just being able to be a consideration at this point, I would pretty much think that most people wouldnt have thought that I would still be in consideration, still playing good basketball and on a team that has a chance to compete for a championship, Allen said before the game. I know that my impact is being felt and what Im doing, Ive been doing the right things and continue to, so thats sometimes good enough.

Paul Pierce was the only member of the Celtics named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team. Allen said he would not consider participating in the 3-point contest if he was not selected to the team.

"If Im not going to play in the game, then its great opportunity to take the whole week and just relax," he said. "Better on my body and my mind."

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.