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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Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
 
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
 
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
 
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
 
This season, all-NBA first team defender is  the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
 
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.


 

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

WALTHAM, Mass. – To dunk or not to dunk with the best in the NBA?
 
That is the question Celtics rookie forward Jaylen Brown is grappling with these days.
 
The 6-foot-7 Brown confirmed that he has been invited to be part of the league’s Slam Dunk competition at All-Star weekend, but hasn’t made up his mind as to whether he will participate.
 
Brown said he’ll likely make a decision about it sometime this weekend.
 
While he certainly understands that is indeed an honor for any player to be asked to participate in All-Star weekend, Brown said his trepidation about being part of the slam dunk competition has a lot to do with its potential impact on his body and how that may affect his ability to recharge over the weekend and get ready to finish out his rookie season strong.
 
If he decided to enter the contest, he would be facing some really stiff competition from last year’s winner Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, whose battle last season put their slam dunk competition among the best ever.
 
Facing tough competition is not something that concerns Brown.
 
“I’m not worried about anybody or anything,” Brown said. “I think I have a lot to offer. Just like your rookie year, your body and everything … it’s a lot. All those dunks, they look cool but it takes a toll on your body for sure. I want to put myself in the best position to help the team.”
 
While his focus has been on the Celtics, Brown acknowledged he has been getting a few tips on the competition from teammate Gerald Green, who is also a former Slam Dunk champion.
 
“[Gerald] Green has been coaching me up, giving me a lot of good ideas I wouldn’t have thought on my own,” Brown said. “If I do decide to do it, it’ll be some stuff [nobody] has seen before.”