Allen gets hot on the floor and in the locker room

Allen gets hot on the floor and in the locker room

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

SACRAMENTO, Calif. We've all seen Ray Allen hot - but not like this.

The Boston Celtics were losing, on the road, by near double-digits to a Sacramento team that's among the worst in the NBA.

So as Allen made his way towards the C's locker room at the half, he lit into this teammates in a way seldom seen or heard.

"I don't normally do that," Allen said.

Coach Doc Rivers stood outside the locker room and heard it all multiple voices.

"You could hear them talking that, 'We don't play that way. That's not Celtics basketball.' I heard Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett."

But according to players, it was Allen whose voice seemed to dominate all others.

"Ray really doesn't say much at halftime," said Paul Pierce. "But he came out, kind of got on guys. Guys responded."

After trailing by seven points at the half, Boston pulled ahead in the third and never looked back.

And the reserves, who squandered a first-half lead built up by the starters?

They redeemed themselves with some solid play down the stretch.

Kendrick Perkins (8 points, 10 rebounds) and Nate Robinson (four points, four rebounds and a season-high five steals) stood out along with Sixth Man of the Year candidate Glen Davis, who had 14 points and 4 rebounds.

"Ray was kind of mad at us," Perkins said. "We just had to take it, bounce back and go from there. I thought guys came back in, took the coaching well, came in with the right mindset."

And while Allen's game-high 22 points certainly stood out, his biggest contribution had nothing to do with his feathery-soft stroke or lighting quick release.

"Since I've been here, I've not had to be too boisterous," Allen said. "I've been pretty much, go and lead by example."

In a way, that's what Allen did.

Except his leadership skills are usually reserved for making big shots.

On Tuesday, he was more about making a point - a loud, boisterous one, at that - that the Celtics had to pump the brakes on losing to bad teams.

"I was pissed at the way we played," Allen said of the team's first half performance. "I felt we took their confidence away at the start of the game. Going into the second quarter, I felt we gave them confidence back by not playing, not having energy."

It was yet another example of how Allen continues to be as clutch a player as the C's have.

"It's a time and place for everything," Allen said.

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn.

Watch live stream online of the Celtics Green vs White scrimmage

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Watch live stream online of the Celtics Green vs White scrimmage

Tonight at 7:00pm on CSN and CSNNE.com, the Boston Celtics play their annual Green vs White scrimmage at TD Garden. 

Our broadcast team of Mike Gorman, Tommy Heinsohn, Abby Chin, Brian Scalabrine, Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely bring you all the action from the scrimmage as we get our first look at the 2016 Boston Celtics.

Also, Wyc Grousbeck and Danny Ainge are scheduled to join us during the broadcast.

Thomas excited for reunion with Green

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Thomas excited for reunion with Green

WALTHAM, Mass. -- When the phone rang this summer, Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas had to do a double-take when he saw the name on the caller ID.

It was Gerald Green, his ex-teammate in Phoenix.

Although they only shared a locker room for 45 games in Phoenix, the two became quick friends.

On the court they developed instant chemistry while coming off the Suns bench. And that bond spilled off the court as Green would later spend time with Thomas in the Seattle-Tacoma, Wash. area in the summer months.

They were cool with each other, cool enough to where Thomas knew it wasn’t in Green’s nature to pick up the phone and call just to say hi.

“Gerald doesn’t call anybody,” Thomas said. “When he called I knew something was up.”

Green said Boston, the team that drafted him in 2006 straight out of high school, was interested in bringing him back for a second stint with the club.

“I tried to put my two cents in and he got here,” Thomas said.

There were several factors that led Green back to Boston, with a chance to reunite with Thomas being high on that list.

Green, already in Phoenix at the time the Suns signed Thomas in 2014, was impressed with the way the 5-9 guard carried himself.

“He was a genuine guy, came in really humble,” Green said. “I saw the talent was there. I knew he had the potential to be one of the best point guards in this league.”

Thomas certainly made a case for such lofty praise with how he performed last season, good enough to earn his first all-star selection.

What really stuck out to Green was that Thomas’ mentality and approach to the game was almost a carbon copy of his own.

“When we stepped on the court we had the same mentality,” Green said. “By any means necessary, get a bucket and play harder than the next team; just try and push the first team, make the first team better every day.”

Thomas was coming off the bench, showing lots of potential and promise that he could carry a heavier load if given an opportunity to do so.

He averaged 15.2 points, 3.7 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 25.7 minutes off the Suns bench in 46 games. Even more significant was that when Thomas did play for the Suns, they were 26-20.

In the games without him, they were just 13-23.

Green was admittedly disappointed they traded away Thomas, believing that season would have had a very different outcome had they not sent him to Boston.

And just like Green recognized Thomas’ skills and how much his team could have benefited from keeping him around, Thomas speaks in glowing terms about Green and what his return to Boston means for the team.

“We needed someone like him; a guy that could shoot the ball, a guy that could space the floor; instant scorer whether he starts or comes off the bench,” Thomas said. “Where the he starts or come off the bench. He’s going to really help us.”