Allen moving on after tough outing in Philly


Allen moving on after tough outing in Philly

PHILADELPHIA Throughout Ray Allen's brilliant career, we have seen him do some pretty amazing, hard-to-forget things on the basketball court.

But for one night, Allen had the kind of night that Celtics Nation and Allen himself would just as soon forget about quickly.

While Wednesday's 32-point loss at Philadelphia was indeed a team-wide pummeling on every level imaginable, few had it as rough as the C's sharpshooter.

Allen only had two points on the night, which included him missing all five of his shots from the field.

It was only the seventh time in Allen's career (his fourth with the C's) that he went without a made basket in a game.

"I don't think I was ever in the flow of the offense," Allen said. "Offensively, we just didn't have a flow. I was just a victim of a bad offensive flow."

Even when the C's have had nights with a good flow offensively, it hasn't always included Allen's firepower from the perimeter.

It's no secret that he remains near the top of most scouting reports on the Celtics. The result has been a lot of games in which he rarely touches the ball, but that doesn't mean he's not involved.

In the C's win over the New York Knicks on Sunday, they were determined to make sure someone stayed with him, stride for stride, all game. So that led to him being more of a screen-setter, doing the kind of things that others have for years done to free him up.

Allen understands doing those little things, is part of what he has to do to help the team win if the defense prevents him from getting good, clean looks at the basket.

"Some teams, I don't know if you want to say box-and-one, but they do whatever they can to just commit one guy to me and don't allow him to help," Allen said. "I've seen it. It seems frustrating at times, but I have faith in my guys to get it done."

While Allen is certainly disappointed in not making a single basket against the Sixers, he's not about to over-react to the situation, either.

Allen's play has been instrumental in Boston's post-All Star break success.

His numbers (17.5 points, 51.1 percent shooting from the field) following the break and leading into Wednesday's game, have been impressive.

That's why he and the Celtics are chalking up what happened against the Sixers as just one of those nights when nothing goes right.

"I'll just continue doing what I do," Allen said. "I'll prepare the same. When you find your spots, you have to take advantage of them."

Brady on Thomas criticism: 'I love Earl . . . Wish him the best'

Brady on Thomas criticism: 'I love Earl . . . Wish him the best'

Tom Brady was getting hit from all sorts of different angles on Saturday night. Not only was he dealing with Texans pass-rushers Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney, he was also catching social-media shrapnel from Earl Thomas and Ray Lewis. 

Thomas was adamant that Brady had an easy road every year because he played in the AFC East. Lewis, meanwhile, got on Brady for complaining to officials when he thought they should have called a penalty for roughing the passer. 

On Monday, joining WEEI's Kirk and Callahan program, Brady responded to both. 

"I don't think I've ever been one to, you know, say something negative about anybody," Brady said of Thomas, who missed the end of the season with a broken leg. "It's just not my personality. I love Earl. I think he's a hell of a player. I really wish him the best in his recovery."

When it came to Lewis' critique, Brady acknowledged he complained to the officials. And he noted that it might've worked. Soon after he threw a fit when a flag wasn't thrown, the Patriots did pick up 15 extra yards when Clowney was tagged with a roughing-the-passer call.

"We had a lot of battles with Ray on the field," Brady said. "And yeah, I would love to try to make sure the officials are paying close attention. If we can get one of those 15-yard penalties, those are important."

Brady on Brown Facebook video: Wouldn't go over well with Belichick

Brady on Brown Facebook video: Wouldn't go over well with Belichick

We know how Bill Belichick feels about social media. For years now he's been openly mocking the names of different platforms. 


How then would Belichick feel about one of his players streaming his postgame speech live to an online audience of thousands? Probably not great. 

"That's against our team policy," Tom Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show on Monday morning. "I don't think that would go over well with our coach."

Brady was referencing the video posted to Facebook Live by Steelers wideout Antonio Brown late Sunday night. With over 20,000 fans watching, Brown streamed the postgame locker room prayer as well as Tomlin's speech. 

Tomlin called the Patriots a-holes, and he made note of the fact that because the Steelers-Chiefs game had been pushed to Sunday night the Patriots had a day-and-a-half more to rest and prepare than the Steelers did. Then when he spotted a player on his phone, Tomlin told his players to get off social media -- all while Brown continued to stream from behind a bank of lockers. 

"Every coach has a different style," said Brady, who recently began using an Instagram account. "Our coach, he's been in the league for 42 years and he's pretty old school. He's not into social media, and I think he lets everyone know that. I think our team has a policy. We don't show anything that should be private because he feels when we are inside our stadium, inside the walls, there has to be a degree of privacy that we have. What's done in the locker room should stay in the locker room."