Allen not expected to miss time with injury

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Allen not expected to miss time with injury

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON - Ray Allen doesnt know who set the screen, but there's no question how it felt.

Allen hit the ground after running into a Jared Jeffries screen just over a minute into the fourth quarter on Monday night against the Houston Rockets.

With the Celtics trying to stage a comeback, they watched their sharpshooter head to the bench grabbing his left shoulder in pain.

I just took a hard hit and kind of collapsed my left side, he said following the Celtics 108-102 loss. So Im sore. Ill see how it feels tomorrow.

Allen explained that he felt soreness in both his left shoulder and side. He told CSNNE.com he does not expect to miss Wednesdays game against the Sacramento Kings.

Even if the injury turns out to be no more than a nagging pain, Allen doesn't believe it was a clean screen.

No, because the rule states that if theres a screen set, youve got to give the person a chance to see the screen and then move out of the way, he said. I didnt even know the screen was there and as I went to step, I just hit the screen and it caught me like on the side of my hip. So, thats basketball.

Allen received attention from trainer Ed Lacerte and checked back into the game with 5:40 left to play. He snagged a steal and drilled a three-pointer minutes later. He finished the night with a team-high 19 points (8-13 FG, 2-2 3PG).

When youve got so much adrenaline running, you dont really feel it, he said. But I think once I got in the back, for some reason I got sore all of a sudden. So its part of the job.

Allen has started every game for the Celtics this season. His presence on the court has been critical to the teams success as they battle with injuries.

While it is important for him to stay on the court, he wouldnt mind having one of his teammates on the bench. Allen is open to ask Kevin Garnett to join the Celtics on the sidelines when he is injured.

Its important for us. I didnt think about it, but having him on the bench still does and can help us, he said. I will ask him. I didnt think about it but its not a bad idea. I think Glen (Davis) needs help when hes out there on the floor. Shaq and Jermaine (ONeal) are obviously trying to follow the doctrine that weve been prescribing the last four years. Kevin can help them.

And regardless of pain he may feel, Allen wants to help the Celtics too.

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Warriors force Game 7 with 108-101 win over Thunder

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Warriors force Game 7 with 108-101 win over Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Klay Thompson made a playoff-record 11 3-pointers and scored 41 points, and the defending champion Golden State Warriors forced a seventh game in the Western Conference finals with a 108-101 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.

Stephen Curry bounced back from a slow start to finish with 29 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

The Warriors, who set the league's regular-season record with 73 wins, will host Game 7 on Monday. The winner will play Cleveland in the NBA Finals.

Oklahoma City dominated Games 3 and 4 at home, but the Warriors made 21 of 44 3-pointers on Saturday, while Oklahoma City was 3 of 23.

Kevin Durant scored 29 points and Russell Westbrook added 28 for the Thunder. But Durant made just 10 of 31 shots and Westbrook was 10 of 27.

Trying to become the 10th team to overcome a 3-1 deficit, the Warriors trailed much of the game and trailed by eight going to the fourth quarter.

Thompson kept them in it with four 3-pointers in just over seven minutes to start the period. Curry then hit two 3s, the second of which tied the game at 99 with 2:47 to play.

Thompson's 3 with 1:35 to play put the Warriors up 104-101.

The Thunder, who blew a number of fourth-quarter leads during the regular season, fell apart in the final minutes after Golden State had finally gone ahead for good.

Westbrook lost control of the ball, and after Thompson missed a 3, Westbrook turned the ball over again. Curry's layup with 14.3 seconds to play put the Warriors up by five, the Thunder turned it over again, and the Warriors were in the clear.

The Thunder led 23-20 after one quarter, then seized momentum early in the second. Steven Adams' powerful one-handed dunk on Draymond Green drew a roar from the crowd and gave Oklahoma City a 37-28 lead. Green, who had hit Adams in the groin area twice during the series, was a constant target for the vocal Thunder fans.

Thompson opened the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Warriors a 54-53 edge, but the Thunder closed the quarter strong and led 83-75 heading into the fourth.

Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones shot and killed

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Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones shot and killed

By Kurt Helin, NBC Pro Basketball Talk

This is a sad and stunning development.

Bryce Dejean-Jones, the rookie guard of the New Orleans Pelicans, has died, the Dallas, Texas, County Coroner has confirmed to NBC Sports. Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune broke the news.

Dejean-Jones was just 23.

The coroner’s office would not give a cause of death, but Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports had the tragic detail.