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Allen doing his job despite taking fewer shots

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Allen doing his job despite taking fewer shots

By A.Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

NEW YORK You hear the Boston Celtics players and coaches talk about it all the time.

Great ball movement makes winning easier. Great ball movement usually involves getting the ball in the hands of Ray Allen.

Despite the Celtics leading the New York Knicks 2-0 in their best-of-seven first-round series, it's clear that Allen isn't touching the ball nearly as much as he's used to.

During the regular season, Allen averaged shot a career-best 49.1 percent from the field while attempting 12.2 attempts per game.

Although he is Boston's top scorer in the playoffs with a 21 points per game average, he has done it despite taking fewer shots (23) than any of the Celtics Big Four.

One of the areas the C's have identified as needing some improvement in Game 3 on Friday night, is their slow starts to games.

In the first half of Games 1 and 2, New York has actually outscored the Celtics in both games by a combined 13 points.

And in the first half of those games, Allen has only attempted a total of seven shots with four makes.

While Allen recognizes that he's not getting the ball early games, it's not something he's concerned about or has given much thought to.

"However the flow of the game is going, you just have to follow it and you have to stick with it," said Allen, who is shooting 65 percent from the field in the first two games. "At this point, I don't worry about shots."

That's because the C's are playing the defensively-challenged Knicks who are bound to leave someone open for a good shot.

"I know their game plan they don't want me to get any shots," Allen said. "So if they can keep me off shooting the ball, they've done their job."

And Allen, despite fewer attempts, continues to do his job which is to spread the floor when given an opportunity.

But if the Knicks try and take that away, he has shown no hesitation in putting the ball on the floor and driving to the basket.

"Ray's always been more than just a 3-point shooter," Knicks guard Chauncey Billups told CSNNE.com earlier. "I mean, he's one of the greatest, maybe the greatest, ever at shooting 3-pointers. But you can't just play him looking for that all day. He can do some other things too, that can hurt you."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached atsblakely@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

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Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with  Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.

Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.

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“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.

Irving replied with a lewd suggestion. 

After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.

Regrets?

“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.

Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”

The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.

In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.

“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”