Allen (ankle) to sit out versus Heat

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Allen (ankle) to sit out versus Heat

BOSTON The Boston Celtics will once again head into battle short-handed at the shooting guard position as Ray Allen will sit out for a sixth straight game.

"He went through shoot-around and just didn't feel like moving," said C's coach Doc Rivers.

Allen had tests earlier on the ankle, which came back showing no structural damage or broken bones.

It is unclear if additional tests will be performed as the ankle injury appears to be lingering longer than expected.

"You can see him moving around, he's just not ready to play," Rivers said. "So we're hoping, we have two days off after today, by Wednesday (vs. the San Antonio Spurs) he'll be on the floor."

Allen's absence becomes even more of a concern while his backup, Mickael Pietrus, remains out with a concussion suffered at Philadelphia on March 23.

Rivers revealed on Sunday that Pietrus is suffering from a Grade-3 concussion, which generally takes the longest amount of time to heal.

Last week Rivers said he didn't anticipate having Pietrus back anytime before the playoffs.

Pietrus was at the Garden prior to Sunday's game, wearing dark sunglasses because he still has sensitivity issues with bright lights.

"It's his first day, venturing out into the light, literally," Rivers said. "He's going to say hi to the guys, and then we'll get him back in the car headed home."

As far as the battery of tests he'll have to take prior to returning to action, Rivers said there has been no timetable for when that process will begin.

"It's great to see him," Rivers said. "He texts me a lot now; that's terrific. He's able to do that. He's going to be out a while."

Bergeron: Bruins coaching change a 'wakeup call'

Bergeron: Bruins coaching change a 'wakeup call'

Appearing on Toucher and Rich Tuesday, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron said that the firing of Claude Julien provided the team a wakeup call that has helped give the team its recent 6-0-1 run.

“I think it was just one of those things where we started playing better hockey,” he said. “We had a new voice, I guess, and it was definitely a wakeup call seeing Claude go. It seemed like everyone kind of looked at themselves in the mirror and had to be better.” 

Asked whether Bruce Cassidy taking over has allowed him to be a more offensive player, Bergeron disagreed. 

“I don’t know necessarily if he allows [me to be more offensive],” Bergeron said. “Even with Claude, he would let us use our imagination offensively, but at the same time, I think [Cassidy] wants us to have a faster pace and kind of have Ds joining the rush. Obviously when you have defensemen helping you out on the rush and having four, even sometimes a five-man rush, it helps having more openings and more lanes to the net and, ultimately, having more scoring chances.”

Bergeron said that there was not a drastic transition from Julien to Cassidy, the latter of whom served as Providence’s head coach in recent years before beginning this season as an assistant in Boston.

“It was a pretty good transition,” Bergeron said. “Bruce has been there all year this year. He was in the organization for nine years. The system, there’s lots of similarities to it, so the change has been pretty smooth so far. 

“Like I said, the biggest change is he really wants us to play with more tempo, more speed and go up the ice in a hurry. The practices are maybe a little different in that way. It’s always lots of energy and drills where you’re always moving your legs, which is a good thing. You kind of duplicate that in games.” 

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