BOSTON MA - DECEMBER 16: Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics takes a shot as Jason Collins #34 of the Atlanta Hawks on December 16 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this Photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
#Celtics guard Ray Allen says he will need ankle surgery after season, if this had flared up earlier in year would have had it during year.— Scott Souza (@scott_souza) April 28, 2012
#Celtics coach Doc Rivers on Ray Allen: He's still not moving well.— Scott Souza (@scott_souza) April 28, 2012
The Ray news is sounding eerily like 2009 Garnett and 2011 Shaq. Coupled with The Captain's retirement sentiments yesterday and Greg Dickerson's interview with The Big 4, this off-season could be a major overhaul, but that's this summer. With Ray potentially missing the first couple of games this series, the Celtics will need something from Pietrus and Pavlovic. The bright side is that both players are better than average on defense and Joe Johnson will see a revolving door of fresh defenders that will also include Avery and PP. However, Ray's offense is critical or more accurately, the threat of Ray's offense is critical. Whether he's hitting a dagger three or not, opposing teams have to always be aware where RA is on the floor at all times. As Doc says:
Whether he has rhythm or can make shots, the game will dictate that. Our guys will dictate that. But I'd like to see him on the floor because like I said, rhythm or no rhythm if I tell Ray to stand in the corner, someone's going to stand next to him and that creates spacing for us.
The idea that Ray will need off-season surgery doesn't bode well for his availability for this post-season. If surgery is inevitable, my concern is that all the rest in the world isn't going to help and even if he does step on the court at some point in May, the swelling will flare up and he'll be back to street clothes and cortisone shots. Furthermore, I'm also worried that the pain in his ankles doesn't even compare to the pain that Ray feels about Danny almost trading him to Memphis for O.J. Mayo and a pick. Only time will tell.