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Allen: ‘We’ve got a bunch of leaders’

Following their loss to the Cavaliers [1] on Sunday, the leadership of the Celtics [2] came into question. As in, where is it coming from?

Ray Allen [3] says the Celtics don’€™t come down to one or two individuals. They are not led by a single player, he notes. Never have been nor do they plan on becoming so.

‘€œThe same as it’€™s always been,’€ he said prior to the Celtics – Pistons game on Monday. ‘€œWe’€™ve got a bunch of leaders on this team.’€

Kendrick Perkins [4] offered a remedy to help the Celtics on Sunday after LeBron James [5] led the Cavs to victory.

‘€œI think maybe a different guy gotta try to step up and be a leader,’€œ reported the Boston Globe [6]. ‘€œI think sometimes you try to feed off your All-Stars, but maybe somebody else gotta step up. I’€™m talking about leading by example. One spark or positive energy on the court and guys tend to feed off that. Maybe it’€™s gotta be me, Rondo, ‘€™Sheed, somebody.’€™’€™

A day later, Doc Rivers [7] echoed the notion of players needing to step up. He believes his players have it in them, it is just a matter of putting it out there on the court. He pointed out Rasheed Wallace [8] and Marquis Daniels [9] specifically as two players the Celtics need better production from.

“I don’t care how frustrating it gets for me,” Rivers said before Monday’s game [10]. “I see it, and if you see it or not, I see it and I’m going to get it out of you. And that’s what I told them after the game [Sunday]. I don’t know how but I will get it out of you.”