Feb 28, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Boston Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen (20) attempts a three-point shot against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
Ray Allen did not travel to Toronto. He's day-to-day with a sore right ankle.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 12, 2012
Ray wasn't on the plane to Toronto and is listed day-to-day. According to Doc:
It just swells, I guess. I don't know. I got a call a little while ago [informing him that Allen would be out]. It is what it is... I'm just more concerned that this is the second or third time this has happened. So that's concerning.
This is the same Doc that didn't know when Mikael Pietrus was coming back and when Pietrus did make his surprise return last night, said he'd only play 5-10 minutes. The Frenchman ended with 29. I'm guessing/hoping this is more precautionary and Doc is Popovich-ing his vets before the playoffs.
With the way the season has been going, could this be another blessing in disguise? Pietrus needs to get his legs back anyway and Boston is back-to-back-to-back with Toronto, New Jersey, and Charlotte. Covering guys like DeMar DeRozan, Gerald Wallace, and Gerald Henderson will be a nice tune-up before facing Carmelo, Joe Johnson, and Lebron in the coming weeks.
I'm always speculating about the future of the team. With Ray's recent vague comments about coming back next season and Pietrus profusely proclaiming his love for the Celtics, would Boston be comfortable at SG with the depth of Avery Bradley, Pietrus, and a draft pick?