Ray Allen confirmed last night he lobbied for David West to join the Celtics, while saying, contrary to some published reports, he did not criticize West's decision to accept an offer from the Pacers.

"Unfortunately, those comments were taken out of context,'' Allen said before an 87-74 loss to the Pacers last night. "I was speaking in generalities, and by any means I don't know what his situation is or was and why he made his decision.''

West passed up a three- or four-year deal worth about $9 million annually with the Celtics to sign a two-year, $20 million contract with Indiana.

"I wasn't referring to him going for the money, or whatever his ultimate decision was,'' Allen said. "When it came out it disappointed me because it almost seemed as though I was bashing him for making a decision that was best for his family. I reached out to [a third-party acquaintance] - I read this article, and when I read it I was really [mad] because I don't have anything against David. It wasn't like he was the final straw or piece of this puzzle. It was a situation, if we can work, we can try it.