Pierce 'bitter' Allen went to Heat; 'big fan' of Terry


Pierce 'bitter' Allen went to Heat; 'big fan' of Terry

For the past five years, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen have been known as "The Big Three". With Allen's departure to Miami, that name gets put to rest once again.

But it won't take long for all three players to find themselves on the same court. Boston opens up its season in Miami on October 30m, Opening Night, against the defending champions. Instead of Allen coming out of the visitors tunnel, he'll be trotting out on the home side right behind LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.

Pierce was asked by Celtics.com's Molly McGrath on his feelings about this future situation.

"It's going to be a little weird, you know, but Ray made the best decision for him," Pierce said. "And that's what pretty much it's all about. You get in these situations, you get in free agency, you make a decision what's best for you and your family. Ray will always be a brother for me. If it wasn't for him I probably wouldn't be wearing a championship ring. So the things he was able to do for this organization will never be forgotten."

Pierce was then asked if he's talked to Allen since the season ended. He gave a response that probably echoes the rest of the team's sentiments.

"Couple texts. You know, I'm a little bitter that he went to Miami, but he's still a brother of mine."

Brother off the court, perhaps, but now enemies on it. The Celtics didn't waste any time waiting for Allen's response or filling the roster without him. They went out and signed Jason Terry and Courtney Lee, two guards who look to more than make up for Allen's production. Pierce is especially excited to play with Terry.

"I've always been a big fan of Jason Terry's," he said. "I just think playing against him in college a couple of years and just watching his NBA career flourish over the years then winning a championship and just bringing that element to our ballclub now. You know, he's one of the best sixth men all-time to ever play the game, you know, that's something we were lacking a year ago and that's only due to injuries. So hopefully he can bring that and the consistency, that championship experience so that we can get back to where we were a few years ago."

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.”