Allen back on the court; availability tonight uncertain

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Allen back on the court; availability tonight uncertain

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.

Pierce laughs at Ryan-Brady matchup; LeBron praises Blount

Pierce laughs at Ryan-Brady matchup; LeBron praises Blount

LeBron James and Paul Pierce were among those to voice their support for the Patriots during their AFC Championship win over the Steelers Sunday night at Gillette Stadium. 

Pierce seemingly took a playful jab at Matt Ryan after tweeting throughout the Pats’ win. Pierce posted multiple pictures of himself during the AFC Championship, tweeting at the end of the game that he didn’t love the former BC quarterback’s odds against Tom Brady. 

James, meanwhile, gave props to Pats running back LeGarrette Blount, who had a rushing touchdown in the third quarter.