Allen wasn't sure he could face Warriors


Allen wasn't sure he could face Warriors

By Jessica Camerato

BOSTON - In addition to being the best 3-point shooter in NBA history, it turns out Ray Allen is also a master of deception.

After scoring 27 points, including 5 treys, against the Golden State Warriors on Friday, Allen revealed he was battling a sore right knee and questioned if he would be able to play.

"I just had a little bit of soreness in there that I worked through over the last day-and-a-half," he said. "Coming in this morning, it felt similar and I was kind of taking it hour-by-hour and seeing how it felt when I got down here. And when I got down here, it felt better.

Allen did not practice on Thursday and came to the TD Garden prepared to sit out. His gray suit, he pointed out, was not a fashion statement.

"This morning I just came in and got treatment and just tried to play it by ear, he said. That's why I have a suit on, in case I was on the bench. I honestly thought when I came down here, there might be a chance. But I came down here as usual to be ready to play.

On a team hobbled by injuries, Allen is one of just two Celtics who have played in all 60 games this season. (Paul Pierce is the other.)

There was no letting up for Allen on Friday, either. He played 39 minutes against the Warriors as a result of a nearly-blown lead. The departure of Von Wafer (calf) also forced him to stay on the court.

Yet in spite of his knee, Allen appeared to breeze through nearly 40 minutes on the court (9-13 FG, 5-8 3PG, 4-5 FT).

Hes just an amazing shooter. He really is, said Doc Rivers. And whats more amazing is how many times hes wide open. Its remarkable when you think about it. The Reggie Millers, Ive been on teams where before the game the coach says, Do not give this guy an open shot. And you turn around and hes standing there all by himself. Its just amazing how they find open spots.

In typical Allen fashion, as one of the most disciplined players in the NBA, he found his way on the court as well.

It's hard from one day to the next, and then the day before say, 'I'm not playing tomorrow' because you feel a little soreness, he said. You have to get in there and really put your body to the test and get it better. I got treatment and ice and by the time I got down here, I shot and felt a lot better. And here I am."

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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.”