Dooling speaks on past fight with Allen


Dooling speaks on past fight with Allen

WALTHAM -- On Media Day, random questions are bound to pop up. This year, one that got a rousing response was whether or not newcomer Keyon Dooling had talked to Ray Allen about their scuffle back in 2006.

Rewind: At the time, Allen played for the Seattle SuperSonics and Dooling was a member of the Orlando Magic. Allen elbowed Dooling, who pushed Allen to the ground, and the fight spilled into the courtside seats. Dooling later tried to chase after Allen in the hallway to the locker room. There were suspensions and ejections, but thats all in the past now.

The Sonics? Is that even a team anymore? Dooling responded. So thats ancient history. I mean, at the end of the day when Ray and I saw each other the next time after the fight, we had a conversation and we embraced each other. At the end of the day, it was the heat of the battle and I have a lot more respect for him. I know he has a lot more respect for me. Sometimes you know a man better when you fight.

But hes been nothing but a phenomenal influence since Ive been here. Ive had a chance to spend some time with him over the summer with some of the union business. So Im just looking forward to being here and being a part of this organization.

While Dooling and Allen are trying to win for the same team now, who got the W back then?

Nobody wins in a basketball fight, Dooling said. The NBA won. They got all the fine money. They always win, right?

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.”