A look at former Celtics in the playoffs

A look at former Celtics in the playoffs
May 17, 2013, 12:00 pm
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This postseason has featured several former members of the Boston Celtics vying for the trophy. Many of them played on the 2008 championship team while others are still chasing their first title. See how these players who once wore green and white are performing in the playoffs.

Still in the Hunt: Ray Allen

Current Team: Miami Heat
Years on Celtics: 2007-2012
Furthest playoff run in Boston: Won 2008 NBA championship

Then: Allen was a key member of the Celtics 17th title and their runs the following years. He appeared in 91 playoff games over five seasons with the C’s.

Now: The 37-year-old is coming off the bench for the Heat, averaging 12.2 points (44.6% FG, 37.8% 3PG, 93.1% FT) in 24.8 minutes per game this postseason. The Heat defeated the Chicago Bulls, 4-1, and are heading to the Eastern Conference Finals to play the winner of the New York Knicks – Indiana Pacers series.

Still in the Hunt: Tony Allen

Current Team: Memphis Grizzlies
Years on Celtics: 2004-2010
Furthest playoff run in Boston: Won 2008 NBA championship

Then: Allen established himself as one of the league’s best defensive stoppers by shutting down perimeter players like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James during his playoff runs with the Celtics.

Now: Allen received the most votes for the All-Defensive Team this season and has brought that pressure to the playoffs. In addition to his suffocating D, he is averaging 11.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game.  The Grizzlies eliminated the Oklahoma City Thunder, 4-1, and will face the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.

Still in the Hunt: Keyon Dooling

Current Team: Memphis Grizzlies
Years on Celtics: 2011-2012
Furthest playoff run in Boston: Lost in Game 7 of 2012 Eastern Conference Finals

Then: Dooling provided veteran leadership in the postseason during his single season with the Celtics. After signing a new contract with the C’s, he walked away from the game last summer following an emotionally-charged summer.

Now: The 33 year old came out of retirement this season and signed with the Grizzlies in April. He is averaging 2.2 points in 8.5 minutes off the bench.  The Grizzlies knocked out the Thunder to advance to the Western Conference Finals, where they will play San Antonio Spurs.

Still in the Hunt: Gerald Green

Current Team: Indiana Pacers
Years on Celtics: 2005-2007
Furthest playoff run in Boston: N/A

Then: Green, who was drafted out of high school, was part of the Celtics youth movement prior to the establishment of the “New Big Three.” He won the Slam Dunk Contest but struggled when it came to game time.

Now: After playing overseas and in the D-League, Green is in the second year of his NBA comeback. He is averaging 7.3 points and 1.4 boards in 13.0 minutes per game for the Indiana Pacers, who are looking to eliminate the New York Knicks and move on to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Eliminated in the Western Conference Semifinals: Kendrick Perkins

Current Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
Years on Celtics: 2003-2011
Furthest playoff run in Boston: Won 2008 NBA championship

Then: Perkins’ inside presence and fierce intensity (think: “the scowl”) was critical to the Celtics core during their championship runs.

Now: The big man hasn’t been the same since being traded from Boston in 2011. He was criticized harshly after the Thunder were sent home by the Memphis Grizzlies, 4-1, in the second round. Perkins averaged 4.2 points and 6.0 rebounds this postseason, but his historically worst -0.7 PER drew negativity following the Thunder’s elimination.  

Eliminated in the Eastern Conference Semifinals: Nate Robinson

Current Team: Chicago Bulls
Years on Celtics: 2010-2011
Furthest playoff run in Boston: Lost in Game 7 of 2010 NBA Finals

Then: Doc Rivers attested Robinson would help the Celtics win a game in the postseason. The then-bench player made his mark in Game 4 of the 2010 NBA Finals with his “Shrek and Donkey” performance with Glen Davis.

Now: Robinson (16.4 ppg, 4.4 apg) emerged as one of the Bulls top scoring leaders in the absence of several injured teammates, including Derrick Rose. He posted 34 points in 29 minutes off the bench during the Bulls first round triple-overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets.  The Miami Heat eliminated the shorthanded Bulls, 4-1, in the second round.

Eliminated in the First Round: Marquis Daniels

Current Team: Milwaukee Bucks
Years on Celtics: 2009-2012
Furthest playoff run in Boston: Lost in Game 7 of 2010 NBA Finals

Then: Daniels was a role player on the Celtics who struggled with injuries and consistency. He saw limited playing time during the 2010 and 2012 playoffs.

Now: The swingman’s minutes increased this season on the Bucks. He averaged 4.0 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 11.0 minutes off the bench in three first round games. The Bucks were swept by the Miami Heat.

Eliminated in the First Round: Ryan Hollins

Current Team: Los Angeles Clippers
Years on Celtics: 2012
Furthest playoff run in Boston: Lost in Game 7 of 2012 Eastern Conference Finals

Then: Hollins signed with the Celtics in March of last season. The seven-footer appeared in 17 postseason games with the C’s. 

Now: The California native returned home this season to play for the Clippers. He averaged 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds in 7.4 minutes off the bench in the Clippers, who were eliminated in the first round by the Memphis Grizzlies, 4-2.