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Allen’s high-flying dreams

04.11.10 at 11:27 pm ET
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Ray Allen has been having the same dream for years. He envisions it in his sleep and carries it with him on to the court.

‘€œI always, I have this thing in my mind like sometimes when I’€™m sleeping I dream that I can fly,’€ he said. ‘€œWhen I’€™m playing basketball, it always tells myself that I’€™ve still got great legs, like I still have that lift in my legs. So when I get on the floor, you see a play, you see something happen, you just feel like you can take it, you can make a certain play happened based on getting up there to the basket.’€

Allen doesn’€™t have wings in his dream. He isn’€™t a high-flying hero like Superman or Iron Man either. Instead he imagines things like soaring over an oncoming car or running with his friends in the air. It can even be as simple as making it home from a park in a single jump.

The dream has a deeper meaning for the 34-year-old than just being able to take flight. To him, it exemplifies the work ethic that he has committed himself to over his 14-year career.

‘€œI’€™ve been having that for a long time,’€ Allen explained. ‘€œThat’€™s why when I always wake up, it’€™s like a great feeling. You wake up and you just know, for me what I do, I get out on the floor and I just feel like I still have that. For me, it translates into my athleticism.’€

Athleticism ‘€¦ and perhaps some competition, too? Being able to fly also means he can get places faster than those on foot. It’€™s another asset to put him ahead of the pack.

‘€œBoth. I think it’€™s more of my competition,’€ Allen said. ‘€œIf you think about the ability to train yourself to go work out or to go do something that’€™s going to give you greater stamina or endurance, that’€™s what I think it is, is you’€™ve got to start from somewhere. Like sitting around, you see some guy on TV bench pressing and he has muscles on every part of his body. Most people see that and say man I’€™ve got to go work out. Like where does your motivation come from? I think that’€™s partly the competition factor, like I need to get shots up, I need to go get on the treadmill.’€

As Allen dreams of winning another NBA championship this postseason, his dreams of flying continue to serve as subconscious motivation.

‘€œIt just always, for some reason, it just gives me great confidence when I wake up,’€ he said. ‘€œIt’€™s like my body feels great. That’€™s kind of the translation that I make when I wake up. I’€™m like I feel great, my legs feel great, and now I’€™m going to work out and get that strength that I need.’€

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Garnett sits against Bucks

04.10.10 at 7:55 pm ET
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Doc Rivers has elected to sit Kevin Garnett for the Celtics game with the Bucks Saturday night. Rasheed Wallace is expected to start in his place.

Rivers has maintained that rest is more important for his veteran team than getting the third seed in the playoffs and with this being the second game of a back-to-back and the fourth game in five days for the Celtics, it’s a good time to get Garnett some rest.

Garnett had played in 39 straight games since missing 10 games in late December and early January. Despite coming off knee surgery in the offseason and suffering a handful of injuries during the season, Garnett has played in 68 of the team’s 79 games.

The Celtics play the Bucks twice in their last three games (they also host Milwaukee in the regular-season finale, Wednesday) and could possibly meet Milwaukee in the first round of the playoffs.

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Doc on Sheed and Celts: Judge us in the playoffs

04.10.10 at 12:12 am ET
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Doc Rivers knows champions are made in the playoffs. So are reputations.

That’s why he’s asking everyone to hold judgement on Rasheed Wallace until they see what the Celtics and Wallace do in playoffs.

But that didn’t keep Rivers from acknowledging this has been a tough first season for Wallace to endure in Boston.

“Up and down,” Rivers said. “He’s had some good games, some bad games. Bottom line is, he’ll be judged, and our team will be judged, on how well we play in the playoffs. If he has a great playoff run, I don’t think anyone is going to say it was a disappointing Rasheed Wallace. If he has a great playoff run, I think people are going to say, ‘That’s what we brought him here for.’ I think somebody’s going to write that.

“If he has a poor one, then obviously, it’s going to go the other way.”

Rivers said he has moved on from the public argument the two had during the team’s win over Cleveland last Sunday.

“You know there’s going to be days like this and you just get through them and move on from them. I think we all have,” Rivers said before Friday’s game. “You still get back to the type of guy he is when the emotions aren’t around.”

That’s when Wallace did his typical walk back from shootaround to the locker room and teased Rivers with a ‘fire hazard’ comment as Rivers conducted his usual pre-game briefing outside the locker room.

“See what I mean,” Rivers said without missing a beat.

“When emotions aren’t around, he’s a good guy. That’s how you try to get back to it.”

Rivers also said before the game that it’s too early to be concerned with who the Celtics play in the playoffs, even with less than a week to go in the regular season.

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KG: ‘It doesn’t help when the crowd boos’

04.09.10 at 11:54 pm ET
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A frustrated Kevin Garnett took exception with the boos that rained down on the parquet during Boston’s 106-96 loss to the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

“It’s just hard, especially when we get to the end of the first quarter and we are down, 30-17, and everybody starts to hit – not the panic button – but tries to pick it up in different ways and when it doesn’€™t come together or you miss some shots, and it doesn’€™t help when the crowd boos and all these other things then you have to grow tighter together,” Garnett said. “It’€™s not easy. We know this journey and duration in which we are traveling is not going to be an easy one, and tonight was a difficult one. I wouldn’€™t say we hang our heads but every individual is trying to figure out what to do and what they can do individually to try to pick it up.’€

The Celtics heard it from the TD Garden crowd as the Celtics fell behind by 28 in the second quarter.

“Well, I mean we are at home, we look for our fans to give energy, to give us a spark when the times are tough,” Garnett said. “It doesn’t help when the boos happen but we are a group of veterans and we are a group that is a real team. We aren’t fair weather.”

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Fast Break: Celtics – Wizards

04.09.10 at 10:13 pm ET
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The first eight minutes seemed like a close game. The rest of the first half looked like the Wizards shootaround.

The Celtics and Wizards were tied, 15-15, with four minutes left in the first quarter. Then the Celtics got cold and, well, to say the Wizards got hot would be an understatement. The Wizards finished the quarter on a 15-2 run to go up 30-17. They outshot the Celtics, 56.5 percent to 30.4 percent from the field. Nick Young ended the quarter with a buzzer-beating three-pointer.

The Wizards went up 38-17 in the second quarter before the Celtics scored at the 7:05 mark, the first time since 2:40 in the first quarter. Even though the Celtics were only outscored by two the rest of the way, they scored a season-low 31 points in the first half. They trailed, 52-31, at halftime.

In the first half, Andray Blatche and Young combined for 29 points.  Kendrick Perkins and Ray Allen led the Celtics with just seven points each. The Celtics shot 30 percent.

The Celtics and Wizards broke even in the third quarter. Both teams scored 23 points off of 10-for-19 shooting. Blatche continued his attack with eight points; Rondo countered with six points and four assists. The Celtics, however, were outrebounded 12-5. The Wizards took a 75-54 lead at the end of the third.

The mood in the Garden shifted in the fourth quarter. The Wizards did not score for the first 2:07 and the Celtics outscored them, 10-3, in the first five minutes of the quarter. They cut the lead to 12, 83-71, with 4:35 left off a Pierce layup before the Wizards quickly pushed the edge back up to 17 off of a free throw and back-to-back baskets.

But just as it seemed like game was done, Nate Robinson exploded for 11 points in 26 seconds (three consecutive 3-pointers and a driving layup). He brought the Celtics within six, 99-93, with 41 seconds to go. But the Wizards held on to their lead at the line. In spite of another trey by Marquis Daniels, keeping the Celtics within seven, the Wiz hit their free throws. Even though the Celtics kept it interesting late in the game, but their dismal first half performance was too much to overcome. They lost, 106-96.

Blatche (31 points, 11 rebounds), JaVale McGee (14 points, 11 rebounds), and Rondo (17 points, 12 assists) recorded double-doubles.

Turning point: The Wizards broke a 15-15 tie to outscore the Celtics 15-2 in the final four minutes of the first quarter. During that stretch the Celtics committed two turnovers and McGee blocked three shots.

Player of the game: Andray Blatche scored a game-high 31 points (15 in the first half) and grabbed 11 rebounds.

– The Celtics previous first half-low this season was 33 points (March 10 against the Grizzlies). They lost that game, 111-91.

Rasheed Wallace was greeted by a mix of boos and cheers from the crowd. He shot 4-for-7 from the field (10 points) and grabbed three rebounds in 20 minutes. Wallace was the highest scorer off the bench.

– In spite of the deficit, Marquis Daniels did not play until 3:28 left in the game. He connected on a three-point play and drained a trey late in the fourth. He had not scored since last Friday against the Rockets (2 points).

– The Celtics are 14-16 when allowing over 100 points.

First Half Wrap: Celtics – Wizards

04.09.10 at 8:44 pm ET
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The first eight minutes seemed like a close game. The rest of the first half looked like the Wizards shootaround.

The Celtics and Wizards were tied, 15-15, with four minutes left in the first quarter. Then the Celtics got cold and, well, to say the Wizards got hot would be an understatement. The Wizards finished the quarter on a 15-2 run to go up 30-17. They outshot the Celtics, 56.5 percent to 30.4 percent from the field. Nick Young (11 points) ended the quarter with a buzzer-beating three-pointer.

The Wizards went up 38-17 in the second quarter before the Celtics scored at the 7:05 mark, the first time since 2:40 in the first quarter. Even though the Celtics were only outscored by two the rest of the way, they scored a season-low 31 points in the first half. They trail, 52-31, at halftime.

Andray Blatche and Young have combined for 29 points. Kendrick Perkins and Ray Allen are the Celtics leading scorers with just seven points each. The Celtics are shooting 30 percent.

Celtics waive Landry

04.09.10 at 2:48 pm ET
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The Celtics announced Friday afternoon that they have decided to waive Marcus Landry, who was the other part of the return from the Knicks in the Nate Robinson trade.

Landry played in just one game for the Celtics and didn’t score in three minutes. He was allocated to the Maine Red Claws in the NBA Development League where he averaged 11 points and four rebounds in 13 games. The Celtics recalled him over the weekend after the Red Claws failed to make the playoffs, but there was no role for him with the team.

An undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin, Landry made the Knicks roster as training camp invite. Landry understood that his spot with the Celtics was far from secure.

“I would love to be back in Boston,” he said in March after he had been assigned to the Red Claws. “It’€™s a great team. But you never know the outcome of the situation.”

The Celtics will go into the playoffs with 13 players on their roster.

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