For Allen, naming child is about consistency

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For Allen, naming child is about consistency

BOSTON -- Ray Allen is one of the most routine players in the NBA, so its no surprise he stays consistent in other facets of his life, including naming his children.

On Wednesday, Allen and his wife Shannon welcomed their fourth son, Wystan Ryan Allen. Sidelined with a jammed left ankle, the Celtics guard did not travel with the team to Orlando for a game against the Magic and was at the hospital to videotape the birth.

When it came time to choose a name, Allen wanted to continue the tradition of his sons having the same initials. Wystan is youngest brother of Walter (Ray) III, Walker, and Wynn.

We had a lot of advice and a lot of names being said because all of our boys are W.R.A, Allen said prior to Fridays game against the Indiana Pacers. We scoured every W name we could.

Among those suggestions included one from teammate Mickael Pietrus to name his son Windmill, as in the dunk. That name did not make the cut.

We got down to that day in the hospital and we had our top three or four and we talked about how the nicknames kids would give him and kind of what life would be like if we gave him something crazy and what we would call him, he said. Probably what gave that name top seed was the fact that our last son born was Wynn. Our first two sons are Wal, so this was, Wy. Thats kind of how we rationalized it.

Allen thinks Wystan will be nicknamed either Wys or Wiz. As for the middle name Ryan, there was a thought behind that, too.

We came up with a couple different Rs that made sense and flowed together, he said before adding in jest, When you get mad at your son youve got to throw that middle name in, so we had to make sure it rolled off our tongue correctly so hed kind of understand that he was in deep water.

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics struggling with three-pointers

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Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics struggling with three-pointers

You knew the 3-point shots were going to be flying all game long when the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets tipped off Monday night. 
 
Now whether they would go in, that’s another matter entirely. 
 
Boston’s struggles with knocking down the long ball played a pivotal role in them going into the half trailing the Houston Rockets, 58-48.
 
Houston, the NBA’s leader in three-pointers made (14.0) and taken (37.0), were 8-for-21 in the first half on 3s while the Celtics were a not-so-impressive 5-for-18.
 
Despite the shooting struggles, Boston managed to lead 37-36 after a driving lay-up by Jaylen Brown. 
 
But the Rockets had too much firepower and when they weren’t knocking down shots, they were getting to the free throw line where there 18-for-20 compared to Boston which was just 1-for-2.
Here are the first half Stars, Studs and Duds from Monday’s game. 

 

STARS
 
James Harden

The MVP candidate was bringing it all areas, scoring 21 points to go with seven assists. But he was far from perfect, evident by his six turnovers. 
 
Isaiah Thomas

He led the Celtics with 11 points, but looks to be growing frustrated with the lack of calls going the Celtics’ way. Near the end of the second quarter, Thomas was grimacing while holding his right groin. But it didn’t appear to be too big a deal as he hit a 3-pointer just moments later. But it’s worth keeping an eye on in the second half. 
 

STUDS
 
Jaylen Brown

He gave Boston a surprisingly strong lift off the Celtics bench. At the half, he had seven points which included a lay-up that put Boston ahead 37-36.

Trevor Ariza

He doesn’t get a ton of attention, but Ariza’s play has been one of the keys to Houston’s success this season. At the half he had 10 points and six rebounds.

 

DUDS
 
Jonas Jerebko

He got the start tonight, but looks nothing like the high-energy, impact player he has been of late while coming off the bench. He was scoreless in the first half while missing all three of his shot attempts.