The Celtics have gotten rid of their morning walkthrough, but that doesn’t mean we have to. Here are a few Celtics links, and maybe even an NBA link or two, to help wake you up and get you focused for the day.
Gary Washburn, Boston Globe – “Allen scored only 3 of his 18 points Wednesday on 3-pointers (1 for 4) and while he remains one of the league’s top shooters, he has made it a priority to score in the paint. ‘I try to be as aggressive as I can be without being overbearing in the offense,’ he said. ‘When I get the ball in my hands, if I have a shot [I] just try to get into the paint, get to the hole and go to the free throw line.’ The Celtics are 23-7 when Allen scores 18 points or more and the team often struggles when he doesn’t get the ball. He was limited to two shots in the April 2 loss to Houston because of foul trouble and attempted none in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s loss to the Knicks. ‘It’s on us as a team, guys have to move the ball and once it comes to me, I will be aggressive,’ he said. ‘I just know how teams are playing me and they try to take the jump shot away. Most people talk about how I shoot the ball, that being the strong suit. I’ve played the game of basketball my whole life and I just like to take whatever the defense gives me.’”
A. Sherrod Blakely, CSNNE – “The Celtics are giving up 95.3 points per game, which ranks sixth in the league in scoring defense. Not bad. But at a time when Boston’s defense should be tightening things up, holes are popping up left and right. Rebounding. Dribble penetration. Not closing out well enough on shooters. Teams of late are finding plenty of ways to score on the once-vaunted Celtic defense. The C’s have given up 109.8 points in their last five games, with no opponent scoring fewer than 104 during that span. When you look at the C’s up-and-down play during the month of April, their inability to limit teams offensively is at the fore front of their problems.”
Chris Forsberg, ESPNBoston – “ESPN.com’s John Hollinger compiled a list of the top 15 ball hogs Insider in the NBA and there was one Celtics player among the collection. And the Celtics player that ended up on the list? Drumroll… Rasheed Wallace. [Hollinger wrote] ‘The Sports Guy’s new favorite player is theoretically unselfish, except for the part about him being infected by the ghost of Antoine Walker and jacking up every 3 he can possibly get his hands on. Only Baron Davis has taken so many 3s to so little effect, and Davis has played nearly 50 percent more minutes. What makes Wallace even more maddening is that there are plenty of shots you want him to take and he won’t take them — getting him to post up has proved frustratingly difficult ever since Mike Dunleavy was ripping out his few remaining hairs trying to get him to do it in Portland.’”
Mark Murphy, Boston Herald – “Though the 35-year-old guard has lived up to his billing as the affably spoken, wise veteran from central casting, he hasn’t imposed that role on anyone. The idea is to help, not dominate or draw attention. ‘It’s just something that’s in me,’ Finley said. ‘I’m not the kind of person who’s going to try to be a coach and say too much. I’ll just speak up if there’s something that needs to be heard. Sometimes it’s the same thing Doc (Rivers) is saying, but a different voice might be taken differently in a positive way. But I don’t want to be that rah-rah guy who in every situation he gets to say something. I don’t want to overbear the guys, but if something needs to be said, I’ll definitely say it.’”