Now that’s a turnaround jumper
It didn’t seem like Ray Allen’s night when he airballed a 3-point attempt to start the second half and missed two technical foul shots. Allen was 2 for 13 from the field when the Celtics set him up for what would be the go-ahead 3-pointer in a 98-95 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers at TD Garden.
“The first half, I missed two layups, so my rhythm wasn’t really established early,’’ Allen said. “Then, when the ball was coming my way it still looked good, it felt good when it left my hand, it just was not going in for me.
“It was frustrating but I was still thinking about the next shot. Free throws were what was really weird for me - because they were on line but they were long. It was just one of those days where maybe I was slightly off a little bit.
“I shot a [3-pointer] before the one I made; it was up and I knew I was close, there wasn’t anything wrong with my form or my mechanics. The ball just needed to go in. I had a shot where I hit it off the glass and it just kind of rolled off, and it just wasn’t working for me. Mentally, I just had to do whatever I could to help this team win. You have to be prepared because you never know when that ball is going to drift in your direction.
Said Paul Pierce: “You know, Ray is one of the great shooters of all time - I told him that in the huddle. He had the looks, but the one we needed, he was able to knock it down, and that’s how much we believe in Ray. We told him to keep shooting. And he came up the very next play, he had the wide-open look. That’s what we expect from Ray. We believe in him that much, no matter how his night is going.’’
“I think the star was Tony,’’ Wallace said. “I think he did good defense on [Miller], especially for a few possessions in overtime and going down toward the end of the clock in regulation. For me, I would give that game ball to TA. It was his defensive presence on Andre which made everybody else step up.’’
Ray Allen said Tony Allen’s pressure set up the final points of the game after a rebound had been tapped back near the halfcourt line. Ray Allen ended up with the ball and fed Tony Allen for an easy hoop with 12.5 seconds remaining. “When Tony ran after it, that’s what made [LaMarcus Aldridge] just try to throw it - because if he didn’t Tony would have gotten his hands on it. But he threw it back and that’s when I just followed the play.’’
“Sometimes emotions get the best of you,’’ Davis said before last night’s game. “That situation was a crazy situation and I reacted the wrong way. I let a fan get in my zone of the game and frustrate me and I shouldn’t have done that and said the words I said. I’ve got to realize everyone is watching. Even if you can’t see, you can hear.
“I just apologize. I apologize to parents and to kids out there who look up to me as a role model. I just feel bad for what I’ve done.’’
Said coach Doc Rivers: “One of the things we’ve told the guys is if something like that happens and you hear something you don’t like, try to point it out to the security, and hopefully at that arena they will take care of it.’’
Rivers was fined after being ejected from a 102-96 loss to Atlanta Jan. 11, and Wallace was fined $35,000 for criticizing officials following Monday’s 99-90 loss to Dallas.
“I don’t know if this is a record week for us, but it feels that way,’’ Rivers said. “The league has decided they are going to fine guys and they are following through on it.’’
Frank Dell’Apa can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; material from the Associated Press was used in this report.