Allen back at shootaround, uncertain for game

Allen back at shootaround, uncertain for game
March 28, 2012, 4:11 pm
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WALTHAM The Boston Celtics went through their customary morning shoot-around on Wednesday with a familiar face on the floor -- Ray Allen.

The C's starting shooting guard has missed the last three games with a left ankle injury.

While the Celtics certainly are pleased that Allen was able to participate in the team's morning activities, there's still some uncertainty as to whether he'll be able to play tonight against Utah.

Allen normally arrives at the Garden several hours before tip-off to get up shots and work on an assortment of things, like his cuts on the offensive end. He is expected to stick with that routine today. If that goes well, look for Allen to be back in the starting lineup against the Jazz.

His return can't come soon enough for Boston. Mickael Pietrus, Allen's backup, is out indefinitely following a concussion suffered in the second quarter of Boston's loss at Philadelphia on Friday -- a game that Pietrus was starting because Allen was out with his ankle injury.

Filling in for Allen has been Avery Bradley who, prior to Allen's injury, had started 10 games for Rajon Rondo.