|Allen to play with injured finger||12.20.09 at 5:44 pm ET|
“I think we all have a finger or two that’s probably pointing in another direction,” he said prior to the game. “It’s just an occupational hazard.”
Allen injured his finger during practice on Saturday playing defense against Tony Allen. He considered taping it for gametime but decided against it. He would be more aware of the injury that way.
Even though Allen acknowledged that his finger is sore and he could aggravate it during the game, he pointed out “Once I start playing, nothing bothers me.”
Allen stuck to his gameday routine even with a bothersome finger. Aware of the snowstorm, he left his house at 1:45pm to get to the Garden with plenty of time for his pregame shooting. Allen did, however, have one regret.
“The mistake I made was I didn’t get those little poles to stick in my grass because [the snow plower’s] all over the grass. He’s killing my grass,” he said with a laugh. “When April roles around I’m going to look at my grass and there’s going to look like some moles or some hedgehogs are climbing out of my grass. Just tore my yard up.”
|Refs shorthanded for Celtics game||12.20.09 at 5:37 pm ET|
BOSTON – There will only be two officials on hand to call the Celtics-Timberwolves game on Sunday. Leon Wood was scheduled to officiate and is not available. Derrick Stafford and Kevin Fehr will referee the game.
Doc Rivers, who played part of his career with just two refs, prefers a two-man team but believes there could be a learning curve.
“I enjoy it, actually, because I thought first of all there were less rules. You just played and the refs reffed the game,” he said prior to the game. “Now I think they have so many things they have to call, I think it actually makes it difficult. And I think sometimes that third ref, one ref will see something and he will not want to make the call because it’s the other guy’s call. When it’s two refs, they just call what they see and they don’t worry about stepping on each other’s toes. I think it will be difficult, though, in this instance because they’re not used to doing it with two refs.”
|Celtics recall Hudson from Red Claws||12.20.09 at 4:20 pm ET|
The Celtics recalled rookie Lester Hudson from the NBA Development League’s Maine Red Claws, the team announced on Sunday. Hudson averaged 16.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.7 assists in three games with the Red Claws.
|Allen expected to play with finger injury||12.19.09 at 3:18 pm ET|
WALTHAM – Ray Allen hyperextended his right finger during an open practice on Saturday. He seemed to jam his finger and left practice, but later returned to shoot free throws. He is expected to play on Sunday against the Timberwolves.
|WEEI Contest Winner Hits $50K Shot||12.19.09 at 2:12 am ET|
BOSTON – He never practiced the shot but it looked effortless when it went in.
On Friday night, WEEI Miller Lite 50 Grand Shootout contest winner Chris Miller drained a halfcourt shot worth $50,000 during the Celtics-76ers game.
‘Going into it I wasn’t that nervous only because there was absolutely no chance of making that shot normally,’ he said at halftime. ‘But you know what? It wasn’t even that weird because I thought there was no chance of making it. So when I did make it, it was very cool.’
The Quincy resident earned his opportunity after wining a series of shootout contests over the last four weeks. The final competition was held just prior to the Celtics game at the Harp. Hours later Miller donned a Kevin Garnett jersey and hit nothing but net.
‘I had a lot of people tell me how to do this,’ he explained. ‘All I was thinking about was getting my routine, so I didn’t change anything up, and making sure it’s long enough. It wasn’t quite as long as I wanted, I wanted it off the backboard, but it was just long enough and it was great.’
Miller plans to put the money toward a down payment on a home.
|A Sheed-less Loss||12.18.09 at 11:01 pm ET|
BOSTON – The Celtics were rolling with an 11-point lead before it happened.
Rasheed Wallace got whistled for an offensive foul with just over six minutes left in the second quarter. He didn’t agree with the call. During a timeout less than a minute later he got slapped with a technical. And then another one. Wallace had to be restrained by assistant coach Tom Thibodeau as he was tossed with 5:35 to go in the first half.
“That definitely helps because he can spread the floor,” Elton Brand said of the ejection. “He’s a good player for them and he was posting up and scoring, absolutely.”
Wallace had posted five points and three rebounds in nine minutes before he was ejected. The 76ers took advantage of his absence and tied the Celtics with 13 points in the remainder of the quarter. Big man Marreese Speights scored five points in the last 2:20 alone.
After having a 31-20 advantage on the boards in the first half, the Celtics were outrebounded 25-15 in the second. Without Wallace, the second unit combined for just four rebounds in the entire game before losing 98-97. (Recap here)
His absence played a role in the Celtics loss, but that doesn’t mean they are putting it all on him.
“Sheed’s a big part of our team,” said Kevin Garnett. “Not only does he give us length and a great voice out there on defense and offense, but he’s a presence in the post, a presence on the outside, and knows how to play and shares the ball. But that’s no excuse. I mean he didn’t have anything to do with our energy. That’s just a team thing and we’ll get it right.”
Added Brian Scalabrine, “This is the kind of game where we will all look at ourselves in the mirror and say we all should have done better. We’re not blaming anyone else on this one. We should have won this game tonight.”
The Celtics will practice on Saturday and host the Timberwolves on Sunday evening.
|Fast Break: Celtics vs. 76ers||12.18.09 at 10:05 pm ET|
BOSTON – The Celtics led by as many as 15 points but slowly let the 76ers creep back into the game and could not come through down the stretch. They lost 98-97 on Friday night at the Garden.
Player of the Game: After much criticism that he was not the right fit for the 76ers, Elton Brand tipped in the game-winning shot with 7.7 seconds left. He scored a game-high 23 points.
Turning Point: The Celtics had an 11-point lead before Rasheed Wallace got ejected in the second quarter. After that their rebounding decreased and the 76ers got back into the game by crashing the boards.
– The Celtics outrebounded the 76ers 31-20 in the first half. In the second half the Sheed-less team was outrebounded 25-15.
– Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Garnett, and Marreese Speights were engaged in a battle of the bigs. Perkins finished the night with 12 points, 16 rebounds, Garnett posted 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Speights contributed 17 points, 10 boards.
– Tony Allen scored 10 points (4-7 FG) in the first half. He played nearly 10 minutes in the second half but did not attempt a shot.
– Ray Allen was honored prior to the game for scoring his 20,000th career point last week in Washington against the Wizards. Kevin Garnett presented him with the official game ball at halfcourt.
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