WALTHAM Ray Allen was back on the floor with the Boston Celtics this morning as they begin preparation for tonight's game against the Indiana Pacers.Allen did not play in Boston's 94-86 win over New Jersey on Wednesday because of flu-like symptoms, and was told not to participate in the team's practice on Thursday.His participation in this morning's shootaround is certainly encouraging. But it by no means equates to him suiting up tonight.The true test won't be until a few hours before tipoff.Allen has a consistent pregame shooting regimen that he goes through every game, home and away.If he's out there shooting around at that time, chances are very good that he will play tonight.The 6-foot-5 veteran is the team's leading scorer, at 20 points per game. In addition, he's shooting 56.5 percent from the field and 61.1 percent from 3-point range.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots took different approaches as the National Anthem played on Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Many, including safety and captain Devin McCourty, took a knee. Others stood and linked arms.
On the opposite sideline, it appeared as though every member of the Texans stood on the sidelines and linked arms.
Those joining McCourty on a knee included Stephon Gilmore, Malcolm Butler, Lawrence Guy, Johnson Bademosi, Alan Branch, Brandon King, Malcom Brown and rookies Deatrich Wise and Adam Butler.
Among those linking arms were Tom Brady, Phillip Dorsett, Cassius Marsh, Matthew Slater, David Harris and Dwayne Allen.