Allen returns to form, comes up big for C's

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Allen returns to form, comes up big for C's

BOSTON Ray Allen is totally resigned to the idea that his gimpy right ankle is going to give him problems from time to time throughout the playoffs.
It happened in the second half of Boston's Game 5 win in Miami.
"He said it locked on him again," said C's coach Doc Rivers. "He needed our team doctor to move it; I guess it would almost be chiropractic, just to unhinge it so he can run again. That's what it was."
Allen not only returned to the game, but down the stretch returned to the near flawless free throw shooter that C's fans have come to expect when he steps to the line.
He'll hope to continue knocking down free throws -- and a few jumpers for good measure -- when the Celtics look to close out the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night at the Garden, which would catapult them to the NBA Finals for the third time in the Big Three era.
And for a C's team that has struggled at times -- OK, most of the time -- scoring, having Allen back to his old self from the line is huge.
Walter Ray Allen is a career 89.4 percent free throw shooter, but is down to just 69.2 percent in the playoffs.
He certainly came up big in Tuesday's Game 5 win with a pair of free throws -- they were number seven and number eight for him on the night -- with 13.8 seconds to play that would turn out to be the C's game-winning points.
Allen's free throw shooting form is about the same, so figuring out why he was all of a sudden bricking one shot after another was frustrating.
After reviewing himself shooting free throws, Allen noticed that he didn't get the same kind of lift on his free throws that he normally does.
Problem solved.
"I wasn't lifting and pushing through," Allen said. "It was perplexing at times. I shot so many free throws on my down time in between then. I knew that's what it was. It was just a matter of getting in a game and knocking them down."

Don't roll your eyes at the NBA's emoji tweets -- they're the best

Don't roll your eyes at the NBA's emoji tweets -- they're the best

On Wednesday, 👀aiah Thomas was up to his old tricks, sending out a cryptic tweet containing only the hourglass emoji. 

This followed Thomas’ infamous Monday night tweet of the eyes emoji, the same tweet he had sent just prior to the Celtics signing Al Horford in free agency.

Like Monday’s tweet, the internet dug into what the hourglass could mean, with a leading theory pointing out that the logo on Paul George’s new sneakers resembles a sideways hour glass. Or Thomas could completely be messing with us. 

Side-note, by the way: Basketball Twitter has it all over the other sports' Twitters. Football and baseball Twitter are generally lame because of years spent by the respective leagues with sharing video. Hockey Twitter is great but can be insufferable. Basketball Twitter rocks, though. The jokes are the best, the memes are the best, the people are the best. Plus Woj is there. Love that guy. 

Anyway, the point is that, yes, reading into what emojis grown men are sending out is a waste of time, but we’re talking about Twitter, which essentially has three purposes: reporting, freaking out about Trump and wasting time. 

Most people on Twitter are not reporters. Not all of them freak out about Trump. Wasting time is allowed by all, so really what’s the difference between tweeting emoji theories and sports fans giving you their takes on how teams to whom they have no connections will think? It’s all garbage. At least the emojis are cute. 
 

Five reasons standing pat may be Celtics' best move

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Five reasons standing pat may be Celtics' best move

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