Allen not expected to miss time with injury


Allen not expected to miss time with injury

By Jessica Camerato

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 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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Celtics late rally falls short, Bulls hold on to win, 105-99


Celtics late rally falls short, Bulls hold on to win, 105-99

It was only 24 hours earlier that the Boston Celtics learned a valuable lesson about what can potentially happen if you let up on an opponent too soon.

The Chicago Bulls made the same mistake on Thursday as the Celtics wiped out a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter and made it a one-possession game for the last couple of minutes.

But like Boston did against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night, the Bulls managed to fend off a late rally by Boston in handing the Celtics a 105-99 loss.

Boston had multiple opportunities to tie the game or take the lead in the fourth, only to consistently come up short.

Their last shot came with less than a minute to play and Boston trailing 101-99.

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown had the ball and seemingly had a mismatch with Nikola Mirotic guarding him.

Brown dribbled into the lane, spun away from Mirotic and left his feet and landed without anyone to pass to.

It would prove to be a critical turnover as Dwyane Wade came down afterwards and drained a 3-pointer, his fourth of the night, to make it a 104-99 game with 26.3 seconds to play.

That would be the Celtics’ last chance at a victory.

The Celtics trailed by as many as 15 points, but made it a game courtesy of a slew of baskets by Isaiah Thomas.

He finished with 25 points on 10-for-15 shooting.

As well as Thomas shot from the field, he’ll most remember this game for the shots he didn’t make; his free throws specifically.

A career 86 percent free throw shooter, Thomas was just 2-for-6 from the line on Thursday.

Boston (1-1) also got a strong game from Avery Bradley who had 16 points, six rebounds and five assists.

The Bulls, playing their season opener with a newly-formed Big Three of prodigal son Dwyane Wade, ex-Celtic Rajon Rondo and All-Star Jimmy Butler, didn’t waste any time establishing control of the game.

Chicago opened the game with an 8-2 run and led by as many as 15 points. Boston had moments in which it cut into Chicago’s lead, but the Bulls’ control of the game remained strong throughout the night.

Things got a bit chippy in the second quarter when Jae Crowder was called for an offensive foul against Jimmy Butler, a good friend of his as well as a former teammate at Marquette.

After Butler hit the ground, he used his legs to tie up Crowder who fell to the floor afterwards. Crowder then forcefully put the ball in Butler’s chest.

That led to some back and forth trash talk between Isaiah Thomas and ex-Celtic Rajon Rondo.

Officials reviewed the play and called all four players – Crowder, Thomas, Butler and Rondo – were called for a technical foul.

Tempers cooled down afterwards for both teams as the Chicago Bulls continued to stay red-hot from 3-point range.

The Bulls were especially impressive in the first half when they were 7-for-13 on 3s.

And leading the 3-point barrage was Wade who rarely looked to score beyond the 3-point line a year ago. He would finish with 22 points which included a trio of 4-pointers which was the first time he made that many 3s since the 2012-2013 season when he played for the Miami Heat.

Chicago’s top scorer was Butler who had 24 points and seven rebounds.

Chicago Bulls sign former Boston Celtics guard R.J. Hunter


Chicago Bulls sign former Boston Celtics guard R.J. Hunter

Minutes before they opened their regular season Thursday against the Celtics, the Bulls announced the signing of shooting guard R.J. Hunter.

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