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Lewis expects big game from Allen 05.12.09 at 7:46 pm ET
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If there is one thing Rashard Lewis has learned about Ray Allen, it’s that he doesn’t stay cold for long.

“Man, that’s the thing. Ray may struggle but he’s always going to get back on his game the very next night,” Lewis told WEEI.com prior to Game 5. “Hopefully that’s not the situation tonight, but Ray’s a true professional. You can’t count him out. You never can count him out.”

Lewis would know. The two played nearly five years together on the Seattle SuperSonics. During that period Allen led the league twice in three-point shots made. He also ranked as one of the league’s top ten scorers in four consecutive seasons.

“I don’t care if he has a bad first half,” said Lewis. “He can go and get 20, 30 points in the second half alone, or he can have one big quarter and score 15, 20 points. That’s just the type of player he is, so you’ve just always got to pay attention to him regardless of if he’s missed his shots.”

Allen has missed his shots against the Magic. He is shooting 34% from the field in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, down from 45% in the previous round. More staggering, Allen has made only three of 24 attempts from long range.

Lewis doesn’t pay attention to the box scores. He knows Allen’s 0-for-5 three-point performance in Game 4 has no bearing on Tuesday night.

“I know he had a bad game last game. The thing that scares me about that is that we lost the last game by a buzzer beater and Ray didn’t play well,” Lewis said. “Tonight is going to be a night where both teams need to win and I’m sure he’s mentally ready to play and he’s going to come out shooting the ball, I think, well tonight because of the fact that this team needs him to win the ball club and he’s the key to their winning, so I’m sure he’s going to be ready to play.”

Whether or not Lewis is right will be determined in Game 5. Maybe once the series is over, Lewis can share his prediction with his friend.

“We speak to each other before and after the game, but it’s kind of hard to talk to each other when you keep competing against each other,” Lewis said. “I’m sure after this series is over that we’ll get back to being the good friends that we are.”

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‘Wild run’ continues for Celtics, Rivers at 1:19 pm ET
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WALTHAM – Sunday night was just another ho-hum crazy, buzzer-beating, phenomenal finish for the Celtics and their head coach Doc Rivers, who has seen more than his fair share of playoff thrills in the last three weeks.

“It has been emotional,” said Rivers, who punched the air wildly after Glen Davis hit his game-winner at the end of Game 4 in Orlando. “It’s been a wild playoff run for us. We kind of anticipated it. I didn’t know it would be like this, I don’t think anyone did. Not having Kevin then losing Leon. We knew this would be tough. We knew every game would be a grind.”

Rivers said he suffered an ‘emotional hi-jacking’ at the end of Sunday’s game but he has freed his psyche long enough to prep for tonight’s all-important Game 5 with the Magic, with the Eastern Conference semifinal tied, 2-2.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Game 4: A strategic shift 05.10.09 at 9:49 pm ET
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The Celtics came out for what might be the most important half of their season intent on putting the game in the hands of Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. They have been running high isolation pick and rolls with Pierce at the point and Allen setting the screen.

Pierce, who scored 18 points in the first half, kept it going in the early minutes of the third quarter making a pair of jumpers and getting to the line. Allen, who was held to just four points on four shots also made a couple of pull-up jumpers. It’s a pretty radical shift in strategy but so far it’s paid dividends.

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A ‘completely extraordinary’ series 05.03.09 at 1:32 am ET
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Ray Allen has a way with words, even after it seemed every superlative had been used to describe the seven-game marathon struggle that finally ended Saturday night with a 109-99 Celtics win over the Bulls in Game 7 of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.

“Completely extraordinary,” Allen said. “I’ve had friends all over the world watch this series and people just commenting on how nerve-wracking this series was, how entertained they were, how excited they were to watch us play and how devastated they were in the losses.”

Before the game, Allen was asked how either team could summon the energy for a Game 7 after a record four of the seven games went to overtime.

“I just think the people watching it are more fatigued than we are playing it,” Allen said. “I’m looking up at people in the stands in Chicago and they’re tired and ready to go home. For anybody watching at home, you can’t take your eyes off the TV, people are up late at night.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Ray on Game 7′s and friendly advice 05.02.09 at 8:03 pm ET
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We all prepare for moments of stress in our own way. About two hours before Game 7 Kendrick Perkins was shooting free throws in a mostly empty Garden, while Derrick Rose was at the other end of the floor working on his mid-range game. Up in Section 111,  the kid who dances to “Livin on a Prayer” was working on his steps. (Sorry to break it to anyone who thought that was spontaneous.)

Ray Allen wasn’t on the court because he had already gotten in his work as he always does. Allen’s legendary pregame shooting routine is a big reason why the veteran guard is generally calm and usually willing to talk to the press before games. While the media-to-player ratio on the locker room was at one time about 42-0 in favor of the press, Allen walked to his locker at approximately 6:55 p.m. and indicated he was ready to share some of his thoughts on the eve of yet another Game 7.

He talked about the disappointment when he was a Milwaukee Buck and the team found out that Scott Williams would be suspended while they were in the air flying to Philly for Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Finals series with the Sixers. He talked about a 70-year-old woman who came up to him in the grocery store and told him, “nice game.”

“I’ve been in series where the other team was favored and we played over our heads,” Allen said. “I’ve been in series where both teams were even. I’ve never been in a series like this where you look at so many games that could have gone either way.”

Allen was asked is he was tired. “No,” he said letting it sit there for a second. “This is what I train my body for, physically and mentally.” As for the hype of a Game 7, Allen said, “That’s for people on the outside looking in.”

As to whether this is the best series ever, Allen offered, “Regardless of who’s playing and what round it is, this has been great basketball.”

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Game 7 Garnett Chatter 05.01.09 at 8:37 am ET
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There were rumors of a possible return even before Kevin Garnett decided to hold off knee surgery. There were the conspiracy theorists who believed KG would suit up if it came down to a Celtics/Cavs Eastern Conference Finals. Reggie Miller believed Garnett would return even sooner if the Celtics made it out of the first round.

But now the Celtics are tied 3-3 with the Bulls and elimination is on the line. It was only inevitable that the rumors — remember, nothing has been confirmed — would heat up.

Following the Celtics Game 6 triple-overtime loss, ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski addressed the issue:

Even more interesting is the rumor, nothing more, that the injured Kevin Garnett might attempt a Game 7 return.

“You must be one of those conspiracy theorists,” said Allen, when asked to divulge any secret Garnett-will-play scenarios.

Allen has acted in movies, but he seemed to play it straight on the possibility of a Garnett return. He said Garnett is “anxious,” but wouldn’t you be if you had to watch Marbury?

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Celtics among most popular jerseys 04.30.09 at 9:59 am ET
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The Big Three were  a big draw in merchandise sales this season. Kevin Garnett (#4), Paul Pierce (#7), and Ray Allen (#12) ranked among the top 15 most popular NBA jerseys for the 2008-09 season, based on sales at the NBA Store in New York City and online at www.NBAStore.com. Kobe Bryant ranked number one. The Celtics, who ranked first in team sales last season, dropped to second behind the Lakers.

Top  15  Most  Popular NBA Jerseys:
1. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets
4. Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
5. Allen Iverson, Detroit Pistons
6. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
7. Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
8. Nate Robinson, New York Knicks
9. Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers
10. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
11. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
12. Ray Allen, Boston Celtics
13. Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
14. Shaquille O’Neal, Phoenix Suns
15. Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets

Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise:
1. Los Angeles Lakers
2. Boston Celtics
3. New York Knicks
4. Cleveland Cavaliers
5. Chicago Bulls
6. New Orleans Hornets
7. Phoenix Suns
8. Miami Heat
9. Detroit Pistons
10. San Antonio Spurs

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