Allen not letting woes get to him

BOSTON --- The Boston Celtics expect Ray Allen to rediscover his shooting touch before the Big Three becomes the Big Two and championship No. 17 becomes a pipe dream.


The Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference finals and took a 1-0 lead over the Detroit Pistons without much scoring from Allen, an eight-time All-Star closing in on 20,000 career points. In Boston's 88-79 victory on Tuesday night, Allen had just nine points -- none of them on outside shots.

"I've scored a lot in my career," Allen said after staying late, as usual, to practice his jumpers at the Celtics' practice facility in Waltham on Wednesday. "But it's good to be in this position, where I'm not going to let it" affect the rest of the game.

From the last game of the first-round series against Atlanta to the first game against Detroit, Allen is averaging nine points on 31 percent shooting. After scoring in single digits only six times during the regular season, Allen has done it five times in 15 playoff games, including an 0-for-4 in Game 1 against Cleveland -- his first shutout since he was a rookie in 1997.

Game 2 of the series is tonight in Boston.

HORNETS: NBA Coach of the Year Byron Scott , who has the right to buy out the remainder of his contract and go to the highest bidder next season, showed little interest in leaving the Hornets on Wednesday.

"I expect to be here," Scott said. "In my mind right now I hope to be here unless something crazy happens."

The Hornets pay Scott about $3.5 million a year and the team's majority owner, George Shinn , said he intends to make a fair extension offer that would make Scott one of the highest paid coaches in the league.

RAPTORS: Guard Anthony Parker had surgery Wednesday to repair an injured extensor tendon in the middle finger of his right hand.

The surgery was performed in Toronto by Dr. Brent Graham . Parker must wear a cast for three weeks before he can begin rehabilitation.

Parker averaged a career-high 12.5 points last season, second only to former Georgia Tech star Chris Bosh on the Raptors.



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