Almost a month has passed since Ray Allen last suited up for the Boston Celtics. The reason for his long-term absence? Painful bone spurs in his right ankle that have really kept him from being his normal sharpshooting self. However, the injury is looking better, and he plans on playing tonight. At his age 36, the Celtics were extremely cautious with accessing his injury.
With the Celtics tied 1-1 in what has turned out to be an emotional series, Ray Allen might be the added boost that Boston need to take a lead in the series. Also, after his one game suspension, Rajon Rondo will also be re-joining the Celtic lineup. They will practically be back to full strength with their "Big 4" ready to take down the high-flying Hawks. Coming back home to TD Garden, this should turn out to be a dog-fight between two elite eastern conference teams.
Doc Rivers said that Allen "looked ok during shootaround, but he was aggressive." Hopefully he is able to embed this aggressiveness into his game tonight. Without much playing time as of late, fans can only hope that he is able to match up intensity-wise with the other players. Conditioning might be an issue for Allen, and there could be some limited playing time if he tires easily.