Is Ray Allen Unhappy With Role in Celtics’ Offense?
It certainly appeared that way the other night in Indy, as Ray Allen ducked the media and showed hints of frustration. From the Boston Globe: “The Celtics lost to the Pacers, 107-100, [Monday] night and once again Allen was hardly a factor in the offense. He logged 36 minutes and attempted just eight shots, scoring 11 points. It’s not that Allen wants Kevin Durant-like numbers of attempts, but he wants to be more involved in the offense in the early going, allowing him to gain rhythm for the critical stretches in games … The Celtics have several issues to address during the final nine games of the season, most notably being more consistent offensively and defensively. They are playing their best and worst in the same game, scoring 32 first-quarter points at Minnesota Sunday and 53 for the final three periods. They scored 33 and 36 points in the first and third quarters, respectively, last night, but they had 16 in the second quarter and 15 in the fourth. The entire team is frustrated, including Allen, who chose not to express his disappointment [Monday] night. ‘We’ve got to make up our minds right now,’ Pierce said. ‘This is a weird time to be talking about with nine games to go in the season. This is the type of stuff you talk about at the beginning of the year. We’re about to get into the playoffs and we shouldn’t be talking about this stuff. It’s just mental, how bad we want it going into the playoffs. We can’t think about what happened last year and ease into the Finals. That’s not going to happen this year.’”