Allen already getting his shots up in Miami

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Allen already getting his shots up in Miami

Ray Allen has made a disciplined routine of being the first to arrive at the arena hours before game time.

Now a member of the Miami Heat, he is still getting to the gym early more than two weeks before the start of training camp.

On Monday Heat owner Micky Arison tweeted a photo of Allen putting up shots at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

Ray looks gr8 working out @aaarena in @miamiheat gear! Looking fwd to training camp 19days LetsGoHeat instagr.ampPZ3UDDu8Pq Micky Arison (@MickyArison) September 10, 2012

Numerous NBA players have incorporated Allens work ethic throughout the veterans 16-year career. Other are looking forward to learning more, including Heat guard Norris Cole, who is entering his second season in the league.

The first question I want to ask him is, When did you start your shooting routine? Cole told CSNNE.com during Las Vegas Summer League. He has a heck of a shooting routine that he does. Im an early guy, but not as early as him. I get there two-and-a-half, three hours early.

I think its going to be fun, Cole said. Hes going to be able to space the floor a lot. Hes the ultimate professional, another veteran guy in the locker room, so I think hes going to help me out a lot and our team.

Many of Allens new teammates in Miami only know him as an opponent. Last season he averaged averaged 11.9 points (37.7 FG, 35.0 3pg) and 4.3 rebounds against the Heat in the Eastern Conference as a member of the Boston Celtics.

Shortly after the Heat eliminated the Cs in Game 7, Allen underwent surgery to remove bone spurs that had been hampering him during the second half of the season.

He was tough, said Cole. He was battling that ankle injury but yet he was still able to knock down big shots for his team, so that shows how tough he really is.

Allen signed with the Heat as an unrestricted free agent in July. While the Celtics have added Courtney Lee and Jason Terry to enhance their backcourt, the Heat are looking forward to working Allen into theirs.

Hes going to be running defenses crazy how he comes off screens, Cole said. With LeBron (James) and D-Wade (Dwyane Wade), you have to keep bodies on them so youre going to have to pick your poison. And he leads the NBA history in three point makes, so its going to be tough for defenses.

The Celtics and Heat will face off on Opening Night, October 30, in Miami.

First-place Celtics continue to focus on playing well, not standings

First-place Celtics continue to focus on playing well, not standings

WALTHAM, Mass. – When it comes to NBA standings, no Celtic pays closer attention to it than Isaiah Thomas.
 
But the 5-foot-9 All-Star is quick to say that while he’s aware of what’s happening with other teams record-wise, Thomas, like his teammates, isn’t obsessed with it, even with the Celtics (48-26) now in first place in the East following Cleveland’s loss at San Antonio on Monday.
 
“It’s a good feeling,” Thomas said. “It’s still not the end of the year; anything can happen. It’s a nice feeling to be the number one seed for once, but we just have to continue to control what we can control.”

The fact that Boston is even in position to finish with the best record in the East is amazing when you consider injuries and illnesses have forced them to use 13 different starting lineups this season.
 
And the preferred starting five of Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Al Horford and Amir Johnson has played together 31 times and posted an impressive 24-7 record.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens has been consistent in his message that while having the best record in the East is nice, he’s more consumed with the team continuing to improve.
 
“It doesn’t mean a whole lot right now,” Stevens said of being in first place. “The whole idea is to make progress, get better every day and stay in the moment. You do that if you’re in last place trying to build up or whether you’re in a position where you’re fighting for seeding. Ultimately, we’ve been able to grow and get a little bit better. But I still think we can play a lot better. That’s where my focus is.”
 
And the same holds true for his players. Thomas knows how unusual this season has been for the Celtics, who continue finding ways to win despite frequently being short-handed.
 
The latest example of that involves forward Jonas Jerebko, who is questionable for Wednesday’s game against Milwaukee because of a sore left knee that limited him in Tuesday’s practice.
 
“It’s a long season. A lot of things can happen whether they be good or bad and we know that,” Thomas said. “We just try to withstand the storm we’ve had a few times this year, and continue to try and stay as positive as possible and we’ve done that. We’re in a good position right now. We just have to continue to take care of business.”
  
And that means steadily improving while piling up the wins, particularly against teams such as the Bucks (37-36), who are among a handful of teams that could potentially be Boston’s first-round opponent.
 
Milwaukee comes in having won 11 of its past 14 games.

“It makes the game that much more important,” said Celtics guard Avery Bradley. “Just like the Miami game. We want to let the teams know now, they go up against us in the playoffs, it’s no mercy. We’re going to play hard. We’re going to bring it every single night. We’re going to play Celtics basketball every single night. Them knowing that, we can scare a lot of teams if we’re playing the right way.”

Jerebko questionable for Wednesday against Bucks

Jerebko questionable for Wednesday against Bucks

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics have spent most of this season playing short-handed and Wednesday’s game against Milwaukee will potentially be another one of those games.
 
Veteran forward Jonas Jerebko has a sore left knee and is considered questionable for the Bucks’ game.
 
“Jonas went through about half of [Tuesday’s] practice,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens.
 
Jerebko has missed two games this season due to illness.
 
Because of Milwaukee’s length at seemingly every position, Jerebko’s ability to play both forward positions will be something the Celtics will surely miss if he’s unable to play.
 
This season, Jerebko has appeared in 69 games while averaging 3.9 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 35.0 percent on 3’s.