Report: Celtics will open season in Miami


Report: Celtics will open season in Miami

Ray Allen won't have much time to mentally prepare for seeing Kevin Garnett bark in his face, Paul Pierce step back and fire away, or Rajon Rondo blow past him.

The newly signed Allen and the Miami Heat will host the Boston Celtics on October 30, the first game of the season, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Allen, who elected to join the defending champion Heat for less money than return to the Celtics, will be put in an uncomfortable position from the start: His current teammates will receive rings that he didn't win with them, while his former teammates (that oh-by-the-way lost to the Heat) stand on the opposite end of the court and watch it all go down.

It's not the first former team that Allen has played against, but you can bet that having won a championship with the Celtics and choosing his own departure makes it a little different.

Of course the Celtics will have new players of their own readying for the season-opener, including two players brought on that ease the pain of Allen's departure: Jason Terry and Courtney Lee.

The C's don't need any added motivation to win the first game of the season, but playing it against the defending champs and their best offseason acquisition will add plenty of the fuel to the fire.

Bradley (Achilles) 'felt good' during return to Celtics lineup

Bradley (Achilles) 'felt good' during return to Celtics lineup

WALTHAM, Mass. – As the final horn blew in Boston’s 108-98 win over Charlotte on Monday night, the game was a win-win kind of night for Avery Bradley.

The Celtics (26-15) continue rolling over opponents at the TD Garden, and he played a relatively pain-free 33 minutes in the win.

It was Bradley’s first game back after missing the previous four with a strained right Achilles injury.

And the fact that he was back on the practice floor on Tuesday (be it a light practice, mind you), bodes well for his injury being a thing of the past now.

“I felt good. It wasn’t sore at all in the game,” Bradley said. “I felt I was moving good. After the game I was a little sore and this morning, but otherwise I felt good.”

Despite Boston being 4-1 this season when Bradley doesn’t play, he has immense value to this Celtics team at both ends of the floor.

Offensively he has been Boston’s second-leading scorer most of this season and currently averages a career-high 17.7 points per game along with 6.9 rebounds which is also a career high.

And defensively, Bradley is coming off a season in which he was named to the NBA’s all-Defensive First Team for the first time.

Any questions or concerns about the Achilles affecting his play defensively were put to rest Monday night when he put the defensive clamps on Nicolas Batum who missed nine of his 11 shots from the field while primarily being guarded by Bradley.

Now his offense, that’s another story.

Bradley failed to reach double digits scoring for the first time this season as he missed seven of his nine shots on Monday to finish with just five points.

But part of that had to do with Bradley passing up shots he normally takes, as well as him missing some he normally knocks down.

Considering his lay-off and the rhythm his teammates have been in shooting the ball in his absence, Bradley wisely decided to get his defensive bearings on track and gradually bring his offensive game around. 

“I have to get my (shooting) rhythm back,” said Bradley who is making a career-best 40.9 percent of his 3-pointers this season. “I’m fine. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s game.”