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Celtics injuries revealed 05.19.09 at 11:51 am ET
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If the Celtics looked banged up during the playoffs, that’s because they were.

“Ray Allen had a hamstring problem throughout the Orlando series that was not getting better,” Doc Rivers said on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan Show. “Paul (Pierce) had some bone spurs that may need to be removed as well. (Kendrick Perkins) may have to have a procedure on his shoulder… In Ray’s case, I thought his hamstring was bothering him a lot. That could have had an effect on him (during the Magic series).”

Allen averaged just over 11 points through the first six games of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. He was a non-factor from behind the arc before regaining his touch in the Celtics Game 7 loss.

As for the most talked about injury on the Celtics, Rivers had little news to offer on Kevin Garnett, who turns 33 today.

“I don’t think there will be much more (than reported),” he said. “I think it will be the strained tendon and the bone spur. What they started thinking at the end was that maybe the bone spur had something to do, maybe it started rubbing against the tendon and that’s what kept it inflamed. But they don’t know that. That’s just an assumption.”

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Celtics: “We have total faith in Ray” 05.16.09 at 2:21 pm ET
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WALTHAM – Ray Allen may be struggling offensively against the Orlando Magic but the Celtics are not concerned.

“I don’t need to say nothing to Ray,” Paul Pierce said after practice on Saturday. “Ray knows what he needs to do. I mean Ray’s been in the league long enough. We have total faith in Ray. There’s nothing wrong with him.”

Allen is averaging 11.5 points per game in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, down from 23 points in the first round. He is shooting just 14% from three-point range, including an 0-7 performance in Game 6. Allen has been held to a total of 22 points in the Celtics three losses.

Still Allen is unfazed by the buzz surrounding his battles at the basket. He does not watch television and chalks the hype up to the scrutiny of playoff basketball.

“I’ll tell you what, every shot that I take is good. Every shot that I put up there, it always looks good to me,” Allen said. “For the last second, you see the ball rolling around the rim and sometimes it toilet bowls and it goes down and sometimes it pops out, and you just, you never know until that ball goes all the way through. So I’ll be making sure the ball goes all the way through tomorrow.”

Doc Rivers has not lost confidence in Allen. So much so, in fact, that he’ll make his own prediction in the wake of Patrick’s Ewing’s guarantee of a Magic victory.

“We’ve survived other games in this series with Ray struggling. Even if Ray’s not making shots, he still has a tremendous value for us,” Rivers said. “He’s going to make shots tomorrow. I do feel good about that. If Patrick Ewing can guarantee a win, I can guarantee that Ray will make shots tomorrow.”

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Allen at a loss 05.15.09 at 1:33 am ET
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ORLANDO – The good news for Ray Allen is that, win or lose on Sunday night in Game 7, he has seen the last of Amway Arena until next season.

After his three games there this series, he’s probably hoping he never plays there again.

In the three road games, Allen went 11-for-37 from the field while missing ALL 17 of his three point attempts.

“I try to sit back and let the game develop and let it come to me,” Allen said in the wake of the Game 6 loss at Amway Arena. “And time after time, you just sit back and wait and it never really does. I just try to find a way to have an impact out there. Offensively, you keep fighting it, fighting it and try to get to the free throw line. For the most part, I do things to try and make other guys better like setting screens and occupy my guy.” Read the rest of this entry »

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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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