Thursday, May 20th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  21 responses

Ray Allen Not Looking Forward to Resting Period

The aging Celtics have four days between Games 2 and 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, something Ray Allen isn’t exactly happy about. From the Herald: “There is a strong urge to play Game 3 immediately. The Celtics, with a 2-0 series lead over Orlando in the Eastern Conference finals, can smell blood like never before. But for the second straight round, the Celtics have to wait a postseason eternity – three full off days – before beginning the home leg of the series. ‘I would rather play,’ said Ray Allen. ‘When you have two or three off days, you start to think of things like, oh, the closet needs cleaning.’ Back on May 7 in the Garden, a little too much of that closet dust got in the way. LeBron James opened with a 21-point first quarter and the Cavaliers ran off with a 124-95 win that was the worst playoff loss in Celtics history. That night also turned out to be an anomaly. The Celtics were the dominant team in their second-round win, closing out the series in six games and winning twice in Cleveland. And now they have won twice in Orlando. It’s the first time the Magic lost back-to-back home games this season, and the Celtic mission is clear: No one wants to return for a Game 5, save for the wounded Magic. ‘We still have to put our hard hats on even though we’re going home, because home isn’t necessarily a place where we’ve played well all year long,’ said Paul Pierce. ‘We have to keep the same intensity.’ And that’s a challenge for a team that finished the regular season with a better road than home record.”

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  • larrylegend

    the nba should be fined for the schedule!!!

  • slawson

    Well…I’m happy that the ageless Ray feels as good as he does, but I also prefer Perk and KG to get as much time as possible to rest their assorted aches and pains, since they are the guys doing all of the dirty work inside and are more banged up. They are going to need all the rest they can get in order to close this one out, and compete with LA once again.

  • LA Huey

    I understand two days of rest between games 2 and 3 but three is a bit much.

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    i can see not being happy about the rest for mental reasons, but physically, it can only help.

  • riggs

    man for a team that ends up fouling a whole lot in these playoffs, doc really knows how to rotate and when to keep his players in/out.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    @Riggs You’re right. I don’t think Doc and his staff get enough credit for his coaching, specifically his subsitution patterns and managing guys minutes. He did that all season so the vets would be fresh for this playoff run and its working. Plus he’s not so stuck in his ways that he won’t make adjustments on the fly. When PP was playing like crap and Tony Allen was balling against the Cavs, Allen got major minutes.

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    4 days is just too much. Playing on Tuesday and then not again til Saturday? Then again, we complain about this every year, it’s not like it’s going to chance anyway.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Tru Baller

  • Aaron

    Because he’s afraid of falling asleep and never waking up ROFL

  • Ghost (of Oliver Miller)

    Aaron you rollin on the floor alone

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Ghost pulled the floor from underneath you.

  • BostonBaller

    Rest is great but as a former player I hated long periods without playing, especially when you’re on a roll. It can kill your momentum and get you thinking of nonsense like closets and what the media is saying. As far as resting nagging injuries, i’m sure KG, Perk or whomever would rather not have this many days off. Injuries and aches and pains can stiffen without “real” contact after that long plus you risk getting a freak injury during practice while you are trying to simulate the real thing. This scheduling is worse than usual…

  • Aaron

    Ghost should follow in the footsteps of his screen name. BLAOW. Back to the point, even though dude’s old, he’ll hop right back into the saddle. I wouldn’t be too concerned with Ray’s conditioning after a few days rest. I’m thinking he hits about 5-6 treys in game 3.

  • Ghost (of Oliver Miller)

    whoa aaron you’re just on a roll today. you just let me have it there buddy. Blaow. an internet gunshot! Consider me wounded my friend. Anyways it’s looking like a Celtics-Lakers faceoff again. I have to go for the Celtics. It’s good to see a team playing intensely and together in any sport.

  • http://www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com Tarzan Cooper

    Aaron and ghosts pansyslapping is funny and pitiful at the same time

  • Hannibal

    The comments in here are crazy. Please tell me you’re name aint Tarzan ^. Lol Isn’t Ray Allen 35-36. Kevin Willis and Moses Malone played til their late 40s and they were banging on the inside. This guy’s a finesse player. He goes off the screen. Long as he can avoid the sharp elbows on picks, he got a couple of years left

  • http://www.motherjones.com AndTheJellosJigglin

    No doubt and doesnt it seem to be getting worse every year? I always hear that Darth Stern does this for money-whats the logic behind that?

  • al

    i thought Jesus didn’t believe in time, just eternity, Ray just shoot yr damn threes from the heavens.. and shout out to spike to recast yr @$$ if you can’t transcend time..

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  • MVPballer

    A lot more people are gonna watch the game on weekends Jellos.

  • http://www.motherjones.com AndTheJellosJigglin

    Ahhh. Thanks MVP, makes more sense now. Cheers.