The Celtics’ bench struggled to start the second quarter, missing seven of its first eight shots and letting the Kings go on a 14-4 run that erased the double-digit lead the starters built in the first quarter. The starters chewed the second unit out at halftime of their 95-90 win over the Kings, but the most surprisingly vocal was Ray Allen.
“Ray really doesn’t say too much at halftime,” Paul Pierce said. “Guys responded. Ray doesn’t really say much. He usually talks to us on the bench, on the court. But he kind of lit us up a little bit at halftime and it woke guys up knowing that we’re not playing to our potential.”
He got his point across. The Celtics held the Kings to 40 percent shooting in the second half.
Allen said, “It’s funny because after the game they said, ‘Man, we knew we were messing up because after the game you stepped up and you screamed on everybody and you don’t normally do that. You don’t normally say much. But it’s a time for everything.”