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Coming off bench helps Allen get in rhythm

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The focus on Ray Allen moving to the bench has been largely on what Avery Bradley can do with the starters. But another point to consider is that Allen just wasn't getting enough good looks at the basket with the first five.

"The way it's been, that first six or seven minutes I'm kind of floating a little bit, and that's how I've been for the last few months," said Allen, who had 10 points in Sunday's 103-79 Celtics victory over the 76ers in Boston. "The second unit gives me the ability to get more shots and have the ball in my hands a little more. It's a weird dynamic. Doc has to figure how we're going to be best. We have so many moving parts right now.

"It's going to take some adjustment for me. It's interesting. I have the ball and have more of an opportunity to be a playmaker, but as a group we all have to think more about being playmakers and getting great shots. When I'm (coming off the bench), yeah, it does give me the opportunity to get more shots and a scoring mentality. But it's not about getting shot attempts up. It's about getting me more in the rhythm of the offense that we have. For almost a month and a half when I was in the (starting lineup) I was drifting away from the rhythm of the offense."

After knocking down every suggestion the Celts should switch to Bradley as a starter (the issue was first raised with Mickael Pietrus before he suffered a concussion), Doc Rivers is now saying the club was moving toward this all along.

Said Allen, whose team plays at Miami Tuesday, "This is Doc's ship, and whatever Doc needs and wants, we have to do it for him. It's something I thought about years ago when you look at guys near the end of their careers. I saw it in Allen Iverson refusing to come off the bench.

"It doesn't change a whole lot, but I understand it," Allen added. "You understand you've been doing something for so long. But having the essence of the team and the understanding of the team and what we want to do to win, if that's what Doc needs then it's up to him. It's like (Rivers) drawing up a play. I'm going to go with whatever he feels is necessary for us to score a bucket or to help win that game. That's his call."

Playing time, Allen believes, is the issue.

"At the end of the day your minutes don't change," he said. "That's one thing I'm very cognizant of when I'm out there. It's an ego thing to start, and my ego is not that big that I feel I have to be in the starting lineup. But I consider myself one of the best at what I do, and I like to give the team a chance at winning every night. It is tough. I try the best I can to prepare Avery and keep him on his toes for whatever may happen."

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