Allen tries to focus while on the verge of history

Allen tries to focus while on the verge of history

By JessicaCamerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON - Ray Allen didnt get much sleep on Wednesday night.

Then again, who can blame him?

On Thursday morning he woke up two baskets shy of an all-time NBA record and hours away from tip-off.

I didnt sleep extremely well last night. And I didnt expect to, he said before the Boston Celtics took on the Los Angeles Lakers. Last night I was just like a little kid. The game itself is big enough. Being on the precipice of breaking this record takes you to another level.

The game warranted hype on its own. But rather than it being headlined as the Lakers first trip to Boston since beating the Celtics for the 2010 world championship, the overwhelming storyline has become Ray for the Record.

Allen stands at 2,559 career three-pointers. He needs one to tie Reggie Miller and two to break the record.

His teammates smiled as they talked of the chance at history. His family and friends have been visiting and sending warm wishes in phone calls and text messages. And Miller, who is on-hand to broadcast the game, offered his encouragement.

He just told me he was proud of me and he was excited for me, Allen said of their conversation earlier in the day. He said he was glad that he could be here for this moment, and its so serendipitous that it happened the way it happened, for us to be sitting here and Reggies in the building about to watch the game.

In typical Allen fashion, he tried to stick with his daily schedule as much as possible. He got his shots up. He took addressed the media at his locker like he does before every game. He spoke of the importance of winning the game superseding a pair of three-pointers.

Its not something that you take for granted. That ball has to go in. you get good looks, guys set screens, he said, adding, I dont want anyone to get sidetracked. I dont want (Rajon) Rondo to look for more any more or less than what he would do normally.

As much as Allen and the Celtics are focused on beating the Lakers, it is impossible to ignore the possibility of what could happen in the next four quarters they play.

I think all of us who are in sports, we put ourselves in situations where we can achieve some type of success, Allen said. Its great to get adulation, but you always know at some point in time, its time to go to work and youve got to put that work in. Its great to sit here and talk to you all. I know why Im here, and it requires a lot of blood and sweat.

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Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics are about to hit one of the toughest stretches of the season and they’ll have to do it for at least one more game without their leading scorer, Isaiah Thomas. 
 
Thomas, who suffered a right groin injury on Monday against the Houston Rockets, did not play on Wednesday against Orlando and said that he will not play in Friday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors. 
 
“It’s day to day. I want to play. I want to be out there but it’s the smart decision to hold out and wait until it’s 100 percent,” Thomas said during a Season of Giving event for children of the Military Friends Foundation held at the Celtics’ practice facility. “If it was a playoff game I would be out there for sure.”
 
However, after consulting with a number of medical personnel, Thomas decided the best thing for him and the Celtics was to sit out Friday’s game which, along with Wednesday in Orlando, will be the first two he has missed since the 2014-2015 season. 
 
Thomas said there’s no specific timetable for his return, but he said he is planning to travel with the team to Oklahoma City for their matchup against the Thunder on Sunday. 
 
“It’s eating me a live to sit, but I have to do what’s best for my body, I have to do what’s best for this team,” Thomas said. “I need to be 100 percent healthy to give this team what I can give them.”
 
The Celtics are hoping for similar success they had Wednesday in Orlando (a 117-87 victory) on Friday against Toronto.
 
“They played a hell of a game last night,” Thomas said. “They’ll be ready tomorrow.”
 
The fact that Thomas intends to travel with the team is a good sign that the groin injury isn’t too serious. 
 
If he doesn’t play at Oklahoma City, that likely means he’ll return to action on Wednesday at San Antonio. 
 
“I’m going to do what I can to get back out there on the court,” Thomas said. “I gotta be smart about this. I don’t want this to linger on this season.”
 
Replacing Smart in the lineup against Toronto will most likely be Marcus Smart. 
 
Smart, who has been a replacement starter at small forward and point guard this season, had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Magic.