Allen says friction with Rondo started in 2009

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Allen says friction with Rondo started in 2009

Ray Allen is finding himself in front of a lot of microphones right now, and he can't seem to help himself from discussing his former team. Not that that bothers us. We'll listen to the behind-the-scenes Celtics drama for as long as he's willing to share.

First he went on the radio to explain that the Celtics didn't make him an offer as appealing as the one he got in Miami. Which seemed a bit ridiculous to us, and an insult to mathematicians everywhere.

Then, in yesterday's Miami Herald, Allen gave a little background as to the history of the rift between him and Rajon Rondo.

From the Miami Herald:
He said the friction with Rondo began in 2009 when Rivers and Celtics president Danny Ainge proposed a trade that would have sent Allen and Rondo to Phoenix for Amare Stoudemire, Leandro Barbosa and the 14th overall pick in the 2010 draft.

Allen said that, at the time, Ainge and Rivers didnt get along with Rondo.

So, I called him and I told him, hey theyre supposedly trading us to Phoenix because you and Danny and Doc dont get along, Allen said. So, whatever you can do. So, for some reason, I guess he thought that I was that I had something against him, or there were some issues. And I had no issues with him. I won with him.

Need any more reason to catch the Celtics and Heat on opening night? Too bad Allen likely won't be a starter in Miami. Those pregame handshakes at center court would have been phenomenally awkward.

Bradley locked in during return to Celtics lineup vs. Hornets

Bradley locked in during return to Celtics lineup vs. Hornets

BOSTON – When you look at Avery Bradley’s growth this season, seeing the tremendous strides he has made offensively is clear.

But at the heart of Bradley’s game remains a desire to dominate a matchup as a defender, something that was alive and well on Monday as he made his return to the floor after missing the four previous games with an Achilles strain.

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Bradley’s defense would prove instrumental in Boston’s 108-98 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday.

He was 2-for-9 from the field and played nearly 33 minutes against Hornets, which is just a couple minutes under his season average of court time.

Usually he’s responsible for providing a boost at both ends of the floor.

But considering his long lay-off, it was clear early on that he was locked in defensively more so than looking to get back on track shooting the ball.

“You take any type of games off in this league, your rhythm and all that you gotta get it back,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder.

Even though his shots weren’t falling, Bradley was on top of his game defensively while guarding 6-foot-8 Nicolas Batum who is six inches taller but never was a factor on Monday.

Batum finished with eight points on 2-for-11 shooting from the field.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens liked what he got out of Bradley in his return to action.

“I thought he (Bradley) was great,” Stevens told CSNNE.com. “He did everything we needed him to do. We knew there would be a little bit of rust (shooting the ball), but that’s part of you playing your way back into it.”

As far as Bradley’s stifling defense on Batum, Stevens said, “You have to do that against Batum. I thought Avery did a really good job of that. It’s a hard matchup no matter what way you go. Batum, giving up inches to him. He (Bradley) was there on the catch all night.”

And as Bradley gradually gets back into a flow, he’ll regain the form offensively that made him one of the NBA’s better two-way players this season.