Pierce 'surprised' that Allen left for Heat

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Pierce 'surprised' that Allen left for Heat

WALTHAM -- There was one unavoidable question at Boston Celtics Media Day: What did the players think about Ray Allen's decision to sign with the Miami Heat?

Paul Pierce, for one, didn't expect it.

"I was very surprised at Ray's decision," he said on Friday afternoon. "I thought we would finish our careers together, me, Kevin Garnett and Ray. I was very surprised at him going to Miami but Ray, he's a grown up. He has to make a decision of what he feels like is best for his family, for himself."

Pierce shared the court with Allen for five seasons after the Celtics acquired Allen in the summer of 2007. Together, "The Big Three" won a championship in 2008. They will face off on Opening Night when the Celtics take on the Heat in South Beach.

"I wish he could have went to the Los Angeles Clippers if he was going anywhere, but he went to our Eastern Conference rivals," said Pierce. "But as you all know, Ray likes to golf, maybe that factored into his reasoning, he didn't like the golfing in Boston in the winter. Who knows."

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics are about to hit one of the toughest stretches of the season and they’ll have to do it for at least one more game without their leading scorer, Isaiah Thomas. 
 
Thomas, who suffered a right groin injury on Monday against the Houston Rockets, did not play on Wednesday against Orlando and said that he will not play in Friday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors. 
 
“It’s day to day. I want to play. I want to be out there but it’s the smart decision to hold out and wait until it’s 100 percent,” Thomas said during a Season of Giving event for children of the Military Friends Foundation held at the Celtics’ practice facility. “If it was a playoff game I would be out there for sure.”
 
However, after consulting with a number of medical personnel, Thomas decided the best thing for him and the Celtics was to sit out Friday’s game which, along with Wednesday in Orlando, will be the first two he has missed since the 2014-2015 season. 
 
Thomas said there’s no specific timetable for his return, but he said he is planning to travel with the team to Oklahoma City for their matchup against the Thunder on Sunday. 
 
“It’s eating me a live to sit, but I have to do what’s best for my body, I have to do what’s best for this team,” Thomas said. “I need to be 100 percent healthy to give this team what I can give them.”
 
The Celtics are hoping for similar success they had Wednesday in Orlando (a 117-87 victory) on Friday against Toronto.
 
“They played a hell of a game last night,” Thomas said. “They’ll be ready tomorrow.”
 
The fact that Thomas intends to travel with the team is a good sign that the groin injury isn’t too serious. 
 
If he doesn’t play at Oklahoma City, that likely means he’ll return to action on Wednesday at San Antonio. 
 
“I’m going to do what I can to get back out there on the court,” Thomas said. “I gotta be smart about this. I don’t want this to linger on this season.”
 
Replacing Smart in the lineup against Toronto will most likely be Marcus Smart. 
 
Smart, who has been a replacement starter at small forward and point guard this season, had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Magic.