Allen: 'We feel the loss' of leaving Boston


Allen: 'We feel the loss' of leaving Boston

Ray Allen says he understands the "sadness and hurt" people in New England about his move from the Celtics to the Heat because, to an extent, he feels it too.

"We feel the loss, the sense of loss that we're going to have, not being in that community," Allen said Wednesday in his introductory press conference as a member of the Heat. "And that's understandable. But we know we're still a part of that community, we're still a part of New England, we still live in Connecticut. Our home is still in Boston. So that's not going to change about how we feel about the people there."

And as for the people who consider him a traitor?

"It doesn't bother me. It doesn't bother me. I know who I am, I know what my everyday goal or tasks are, and that's to raise my kids to be respectable people in this world. And to make this team better."

Some other portions of the press conference:

On whether he contacted his ex-teammates to let them know he would sign with Miami:
When I knew I was leaving, I actually sent a text out to Kevin, to let him know . . . He said Danny Ainge would step up to the plate, and I said, 'We'll see.' "

On the reactions of Ainge and Doc Rivers when they found out he was leaving:
"They were disappointed . . . They really wanted me to come back. We won a lot together in five years. It's a lot of basketball, a lot of time spent. I think it's going to be good for them that I'm not around because they don't have to pay me on the golf course any more when I keep beating up them. But, you know, they were disappointed . . . Like I said, it's saddening for me and my family because those are the relationships that we won't have on a daily basis in our lives. They're friends of mine forever."

More to come . . .

Celtics hope to rebound after being outplayed by Bulls on the boards

Celtics hope to rebound after being outplayed by Bulls on the boards

Following Thursday’s 105-99 loss to the Chicago Bulls, the Boston Celtics will be on the prowl to rebound – literally – from its first defeat of the season.

Because for all that did not go right in Thursday night’s loss, the way Boston was beaten on the boards stands out emphatically.

“They got 24 more shots than us. We only turned it over (12) times,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters after the loss. “So that’s the obvious place they’re getting their possessions, on the glass. That’s going to be the number one thing, that has been the number one thing. It’s something we’ve talked about. We have to get better at it.”


Boston was out-rebounded 55-36 on the boards which heavily factored into Chicago’s 18-5 advantage in second-chance points.

In the Celtics' 122-117 win over Brooklyn on Wednesday, Boston won the overall rebounding battle 47-44, but had just 12 offensive rebounds compared to Brooklyn's 15 offensive boards. Despite the close margin, the Nets won the battle on the offensive glass running away, outscoring the Celtics 23-13 in second-chance points.

Stevens decided to start Tyler Zeller ahead of Amir Johnson to begin the third quarter, hoping Zeller would be a better matchup on the glass than Johnson who did not grab a single rebound in the 11 minutes of court time he got in the first half.

While Zeller did do a few good things on the glass and scoring in half-court sets, it wasn’t enough to swing the momentum Chicago was steadily gaining due to its ability to control the boards.

“I wasn’t real surprised but at the same time I knew it could happen,” Zeller told reporters, referring to Stevens’ decision to have him start the second half. “They did a good job of coming out and setting the tone. They beat us up on the boards, especially the first half. It’s something we have to get better at and continue to grow at.”

And it’s not a one-player or one-position issue, either.

Usually we think of bigs when it comes to rebounding. But Boston’s guards need to step up their rebounding game as well.

The struggles thus far have to be put in the context of this being just two games, the latter being the season opener for the Bulls who were jacked up more than usual due to it being the first game for Chicago native Dwyane Wade and ex-Celtic Rajon Rondo.

“We have to focus on boxing out,” said Boston’s Jaylen Brown. “Guards have to do a better job. Guys like me, Al (Horford), Amir (Johnson), Tyler (Zeller) ... We have to do a good job of coming in the weak side and grabbing those; just focus on it, pay more attention to detail.”