BOSTON - Ray Allen left the court after Game 1 against the New York Knicks in celebration.
As he enters Game 2, hes leaving that behind.
Allen hit a game-winning three-pointer as time ran down to give the Celtics a two-point victory, 87-85, on Sunday. The fact that the Cs trailed by as many as 12 point and needed a last-second shot isnt something hes cheering over.
I try not to carry over what went on in Game 1, he said prior to Game 2 on Tuesday night. There are things we can do better. We got away with one on our own floor and we dont want to be saying that anymore. We want to make sure that we come out and take care of business. Its almost like its nice to have won, but youve got to come out and youve got to set some precedence out there on the floor.
Allen knows nothing is guaranteed after a victory. The 2008 world championship Celtics went up 2-0 in the first two rounds of the postseason. They ended up needing seven games to eliminate the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Allen doesnt look at himself as the player who made a game-winning bucket. He sees himself as player who has to help his team win the rest of series.
Im definitely the guy that needs to win three more games because weve been in long playoff series where you take the previous game into play and you think the same things are going to happen, he said. Youre going to score different ways, theres going to be different plays, were going to find different options, balls going to bounce differently. So I dont want to predetermine anything because thats the great thing about it. You dont know whats going to happen.
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The Boston Celtics are used to this playing without a key starter thing, so tonight’s game at Orlando won’t be all that different than most of their games this season.
Isaiah Thomas will not play tonight against the Magic due to a right groin injury he suffered in Monday’s 107-106 loss at Houston.
Thomas flew back to Boston Tuesday night.
Head coach Brad Stevens told reporters he is leaning towards having Marcus Smart, who filled in earlier for an injured Jae Crowder, start in place of Thomas.
The injury occurred in the second quarter of the Rockets game, but Thomas continued to play on as he knocked down a 3-point shot just moments after he first began grimacing while holding the groin.
Following the loss, Thomas acknowledged the injury did bother him for the rest of the game as he finished with 20 points on 7-for-18 shooting.
“A few drives I didn’t have the lift,” Thomas told reporters. “It is what it is. I’ll figure it out.”
Thomas, who was named to his first all-star team last season, has been even more dynamic offensively this year.
He leads the Celtics with a career-high 26 points per game and has been ranked among the NBA’s top 10 scorers most of this season.
It is too soon to tell if the injury will sideline him for one game, or whether he’ll be out for an extended period of time.
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