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

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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."

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Celtics-Kings preview: Watch out for Cousins’ supporting cast

Celtics-Kings preview: Watch out for Cousins’ supporting cast

BOSTON –  There is no mistaking DeMarcus Cousins is priority No. 1 when it comes to beating the Sacramento Kings.
 
But dealing with elite individual players hasn’t been a huge problem for the Celtics.
 
It’s their supporting cast that are usually the game’s biggest difference-makers and where the Celtics have faltered.
 
Limiting Sacramento’s role players will be key to the Celtics (10-8) getting back on a winning track after losing 121-114 at home to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.
 
Going into that game, all eyes were on Andre Drummond who has emerged as one of the league’s premier centers. And the former UConn product didn’t disappoint as he scored 25 points to go with 17 rebounds. 
 
But Drummond’s play didn’t decide the game’s outcome.
 
It was the dribble-drive penetration of Ish Smith (19 points, eight rebounds, eight assists), the red-hot shooting of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (25 points) and the inside-outside work of Jon Leuer (12 points, seven rebounds) that ultimately sealed the Celtics’ fate. 
 
The Kings (7-11) have a number of players that, in addition to Cousins, can be problematic for the Celtics if they are not careful.
 
Rudy Gay, whose name will continue to be thrown about as potentially being traded, has put up borderline All-Star numbers for most of his career.
 
This season, the 10-year veteran is averaging 19.6 points, 3.1 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game from the wing-forward position.
 
Darren Collison is averaging 12.9 points per game along with 4.9 assists from the point guard position. While he’s not known as a great shooter (he’s shooting 34.8 percent on 3s this season), his speed and ability to get into the paint is something the Celtics have to limit.
 
The bottom line is Boston’s defense has to do a better job at not only accounting for the King’s main star, but also the talent around him.
 
“There’s a reason why guys are in the NBA,” Boston’s Amir Johnson told CSNNE.com recently. “You know everybody in this league can play and if you’re not careful, they can play well against you and your team. We just have to do a better job defensively against everyone, really.”
 
And part of that starts with having the right attitude.
 
“We have to get a little more nastier on the defensive end and not let a team come in and get comfortable,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder. “It’s not been an ongoing thing. It happened [against Detroit] and it happened in the Denver game; a couple games. For the most part we’ve been trying to impose our will first.”