Despite the 1 for 10 start and the vanishing act from Paul Pierce (who left without speaking to the media), the Celtics found themselves very much in tonight’s game vs. the Mavericks late in the fourth quarter. Pierce tied the game with a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left before Dirk Nowitzki put Dallas back up by 3 points on a drive and finish past Kevin Garnett. The Celtics got the ball back with 5.1 seconds left, and the betting man’s choice for who they would look for was Ray Allen.
Allen was the intended target of the play, but Rajon Rondo threw an awkward pass to Allen on the sideline closest to the Dallas bench, and Allen could not handle the pass as the ball went out of bounds.
“It just kind of skipped underneath me,” said Allen. “Rajon’s angle, the way he had to throw it, the ball just kind of dove at my legs. I didn’t know if I was open or not but I was certainly going to shoot it.”
Allen never got the chance as Jason Terry converted a layup for the final margin of victory.
The Celtics dropped to 4-5 with the loss and are seemingly struggling to find their identity as either a contender or something less. Allen vehemently denied that there was any concern among him or his teammates.
“No, there’s none,” said Allen. “We’ve been here before. We’ve been in tough situations, and that’s what makes us champions. We know where we need to go to get this thing rolling. Everybody feels the same way.”