Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 at 11:00 am  |  16 responses

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.’”

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  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lightsout

    things definitely didn’t go well Monday night, but let’s not make it bigger than it really is. they’ll be fine.

  • Eddie

    The “brothers” are getting mucked. Bulls gonna bulldoze the celtics.

  • al29

    I love the Cs, but I am deeply concerned about the roster. It’s not like they’re losing because they are taking it easy during games like they did during their slide at the end of last year. The big 3 are logging big minutes, and the team lost its identity by trading Perkins.

  • bashmo

    al29 summed it up to the fullest…celtics will probably turn it up playoff time, but how long can they last until they encounter a team with incredible size(Lakers)…i am wondering how they will fare against the Heat as well.

  • Riggs

    Not saying shaq is the end all be all game changer, but theyre technically playing with only one center. This is a non-story.

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Waoh, just waoh!

  • Heals

    He has a right to be and I know he has missed some gimme’s lately, but he just hasn’t been getting the same types of looks he was leading up the record…

  • http://dude Chukaz

    the celtics are cracking under pressure. they used to have the most complete, most complementary, most talented players, but now the bulls and the heat are right there and the celtics are lacking that true alpha dog to guide them. The bulls got rose guiding them, and the heat have wade (and if lebron is pissed enough he’ll destroy any team without any help). Kobe’s in total control of the lakers, and the spurs got great leadership all around. The celtics don’t have an all time great coach, or an alpha dog on their team. They got away with it in the past, but that’s gone.

  • Veskit

    what about KG as an alpha dog? he certainly is their enforcer. And i call BS on everyone thinking the Celtics are done or that kendrick perkins was their identity.
    Boston will have a healthy roster soon and my bet is still on them winning the east.

  • flipnoyce

    All of a sudden the Celtics does not have an alpha dog, when did this came about? Get real people Doc is just experimenting with his new players to get acclimated to their roles. The C’s don’t have much time gelling with new team mates, so Doc is using the new pieces for experiment for different scenarios. Until the DAY CELTICS get dethrone in the EASTERN conference is the day I’ll say MAYBE! they loss their mojo! BUT, until then BOSTON CELTICS is still a beast.

  • Clydesays

    Not worried about it. They’re on pace to win more games than last year, with fill in centers for most of this season. If (a big if) Shaq & JO can give them productive minutes, they’ll be hard to beat.

  • BostonBaller

    non story, blah blah blah, same as I said when there was Lakers and Heat panic earlier…

  • rich

    no big deal this is because of rondos injuries. the whole team is run by rondo and when he is unable to be fast, the offense because very ugly. when hes back, so will the celtics offense

  • http://www.slamonline.com Mars

    They’ll be fine

  • dsleepy

    the team IS run by rondo, but they were having issues before he went down too. i think they’re still smarting from the trade, not talent-wise but mentally. whatever happened to “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” ? dang you ainge…

  • Daniel Dudley

    I have been a “CELTIC” fan since the late 40′s and now live in LOS ANGELES. it hurts to see my team playing this way when I know they are capable of going all the way.
    Come on “CELTICS”youcan put it together “DEFENSIVELY & OFFENSIVELY” you are the “CELTICS