BOSTON, MA - MAY 07: Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics celebrates his basket in the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 7, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 97-81. 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)
Doc said Ray Allen looked great yesterday and then he couldn't walk much today. "We just don’t know what to do."— Paul Flannery (@Pflanns) May 1, 2012
As expected, Ray's sitting out another game and it sounds like it could be more. It's been three weeks since he hit a couple threes in Miami on April 21st and as sore as the ankles sound with the bone spurs, Ray's routine and psyche are taking hits, too.
"It's almost like when you're younger, you just kind of flip and flutter throughout the universe and you think everything is great," Allen said. "When you're young, that's all right because you don't know any better. But when you get older and you've done something for so long - like I look at a clock, I know where I'm supposed to be. Now I look at a clock and I'm just trying to stay out of everybody's way.
"It's tough because when you're out, you want to be there for everybody and you want to be part of the team, but also you stay out of the way because everybody needs to get what they need so they can be ready for the game."
Ray's such a proud athlete and Camerato's interview really captures what must be torture for him. There were reports that he felt slighted by the potential trade to Memphis for O.J. Mayo and a draft pick, but his own body's betrayal must be worse. This is a guy that's been a consummate professional and the model for keeping your body in peak condition at 36.
It's four days until Game 3 in Boston. Let's hope more rest and recovery can put Ray back on the parquet by Friday.