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Ray Allen to keep missing shots for Celtics

Feb 18, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for nba_allen.jpgThere was a time when a still-good player with a massive — $19.7 million — expiring contract would have been the belle of the trading deadline ball.

Not this year. The Celtics have shopped Ray Allen around and tonight, after the trading deadline, he will suit up to take on the Lakers. Providing some kind of Danny Ainge miracle doesn’t happen.

Allen is not bad, but age is starting to win the race with the 34-year-old All-Star. He was the deadly catch-and-shoot assassin from Boston’s big three, but this season he is shooting just 33.8 percent from three (down from 40.9 percent last year). He’s also turning the ball over a little more, and isn’t quite the same on defense.

Still, the Celtics are relying on him — the old amazing him, not the new still-pretty-good him — to key a big playoff run this season. Him and a healthy Kevin Garnett. The odds of them getting both of those things — either of those things — tells you all you need to know about the Celtics title champions.

  1. paul - Feb 18, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    as a c’s fan, i agree with this. should have made a move for iggy

  2. banner18 - Feb 18, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    We just need the bench to step up so that the Big Three won’t have to play so many minutes. That means Marquis Daniels has to provide a spark. And for the love of God, Sheed needs to start posting up more.
    I’m not so sure about trading for Nate. I think that Eddie could at least extend the floor and allow guys like PP to play isolation easier. Nate is just a firework really.

  3. nancy - Feb 18, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    i’m really glad that ray allen is staying with the celtics and i think thats where he should finish his career. also i believe they can win a championship with the players they have and by keeping the big three, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett.

  4. Irwin - Feb 18, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Ainge is inconsistent.Either let the old guard,including Eddie House go for one more championship together,or start cleaning “house” now-including Eddie,Ray,Kevin&Rasheed.

  5. Anonymous - Feb 18, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    Are you kidding…. The Celtics don’t have a bench problem!!!! The bench could play out of their head, and it wouldn’t do a thing… Doc only plays them 20 minutes anyway, so not much room for stepping up anyway….
    Celtics are OLD… KG is done, and their defense is suffering because of it…Ray Allen couldn’t throw it in the ocean, and Rondo is forced to be a young dynamic guard with no legs to run with him Any of you that think the Celtics are getting out of the second round are crazy…. Look at their record in big games… They can’t beat Orlando or Atlanta, never mind Cleveland or LA…. Ainge not making a move today just solidified Celtics are dead for the next two years…. Find something else to watch

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