MIAMI -- The Celtics returned to the court after taking Tuesday off and addressed the issues that led to the 93-79 Game 1 loss to the Miami Heat. The person most notably working to improve was shooting guard Ray Allen, who arrived at AmericanAirlines Arena about an hour before his teammates to work in his long-range and free throw shooting.
Allen (pictured right, before shootaround) said "hell no" when asked if he will sit out a game and is back to his normal workout regimen after trying to reduce his workload because of his troublesome right ankle. Allen was trying to regain the rhythm that has made him one of the game's great shooters.
Allen is averaging 9.6 points on 26.8 percent 3-point shooting in 12 postseason games. He shot 45.3 percent from the 3-point line during the regular season.
"At some point I have to put my body through some type of rigorous shooting, so I know what I am dealing with," he said. "With me, it's lift. I teach people all the time when you don't jump on your jump shot it changes your arc. And so some many are calling me telling me 'you've got to get the ball in the air more' and I'm like 'Thank you for the advice, I have only been doing this for 20 years.' So I know how it's affecting me so I am just working on getting that back and making sure that I keep the ball in the air."
Celtics coach Doc Rivers told Allen to go back to his normal pre-game methods and he was grateful to get the clearance.
"I'm able to breathe," he said. "I feel at home sitting on the floor. I'm able to think. I'm not rushed, just take my time and I can work through it. To me it's like being home. I cherish those moments as much as I can."
Said coach Doc Rivers: "You want to give Ray a chance every game because he's going to do everything it requires. And he's going to give himself a chance too, you know that. He's a tough, determined individual. Ray wants to play well and he's not going to let injury or anything else be the reason why he doesn't."
Meanwhile, the Celtics said they have to clog up the paint and not allow Miami to shoot so many uncontested layups.
"We're not saying we want to foul them 19 times, we don't want them to get to the basket," Rivers said. "When we say we have to take away layups, we're not saying we have to take out them, we're saying we want to slide our feet and keep them out of the paint."