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In this edition of the Four-Point Play, I’ll discuss how the rough U.S. economy is affecting the Celtics, Tony Allen’s offseason saga, Ray Allen’s renewed focus, and I’ll take a look at how the Celtics fared against the 76ers on Wednesday night.
1. The 76ers beat the Boston Celtics 98-92 in the opening game of the preseason. Ummmm who cares?
2. The Celtics are having no trouble in this rough U.S. economy, even as David Stern warned that ticket sales could drop while fans remained home rather than going to the games.
“I don’t think you can ignore it, but I’m very happy we’re coming off the championship season because it will help us hold off economy hits. We don’t foresee anything right now. We have sold all our season tickets. Got sponsorship done. We don’t have single-game tickets available and they were gone right away when out.”
3. Tony Allen was apparently wrapped in an offseason saga, as he was in limbo about his contract status for the 2008-09 season.
“It was so stressful at the time,” Allen said. “I just stayed in my shell. I didn’t want to go out. I didn’t go to restaurants. I barely even wanted to go in the grocery shore. [Fans would say], ‘Are you coming back? Are you leaving?’ I just stayed in my shell.”
4. Last season, Ray Allen was often seen as the third wheel due to the offensive attention garnered by Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. This season, he should see more looks, according to the Globe’s Frank Del’Appa.
“I thought he had the best camp,” coach Doc Rivers said. “He played great and we put more in to accent him. It was tougher last year for him because we had to get Kevin [Garnett] involved in the offense and Paul [Pierce] was already involved. We only had a certain amount of time and he was almost the third thought…Now he knows where to get his shots in the offense and guys know how to find him.”