Allen good to go for Game 4, reconsidering surgery

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Allen good to go for Game 4, reconsidering surgery

BOSTON -- After logging 37 minutes in his return from an ankle injury on Friday, Ray Allen will suit up again on Sunday night for Game 4 of the Boston Celtics - Atlanta Hawks first round series.

Allen was uncomfortable on Saturday following his 13-point performance in Game 3, but was relieved to feel better on Sunday.

It wasnt bad, but even when I walked out, after you ice and you walk out, my ankle just felt like I had to walk sideways, he said. It just felt that tough and that achy. Yesterday, I couldnt do anything yesterday. It was just throbbing. I got in and got treatment. Just all day, it just felt like I was pulling my leg along. But I woke up this morning and I was back right where I hoped Id be. So thats just the cost of doing business, I guess.

After seeing images from test results, Allen recently said surgery was inevitable. But Allen is feeling so much better than expected that he is reconsidering his initial assessment of requiring ankle surgery this offseason.

I know I said that a couple weeks ago, and I believe that just from the pictures, he said. But based on how I feel now and where my body is, I'll revisit getting x-rays, MRI when it's over with and make an assessment then because if I continue on this track and I know I'm getting better, I don't need to have surgery if it's not necessary.

Allen will take his ankle day-by-day and decide whether or not to have surgery when the season is over. After playing 37 minutes in his first game back, he knows things can change any time.

I thought about it (reconsidering surgery) maybe yesterday, the day before yesterday, he said. If the joint shows different things in it based on me, how Im playing, how I feel when Im playing, I dont think theres a need for it. But before it was just too excruciating. It felt like it was the only option. It felt like even as the series was starting, that I wasnt going to be able to play. So Im obviously Im in a differentposition, and tomorrow it could be adifferentscenario. So thats why for me I just take it one day at a time.

Ainge: Winning more important than All-Star bids

Ainge: Winning more important than All-Star bids

BOSTON -- When it comes to NBA awards and accolades, players in contention often try to play it cool when asked about whether they are deserving.
 
And then there’s Boston’s Isaiah Thomas, who gives a definitive response whenever the question about whether he should be an All-Star starter is raised.
 
We’ll find out later today if Thomas will in fact be named as a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Star team when the East and West starters are announced. 
 
“It’s a little bit refreshing in that he is open about it,” Danny Ainge said on 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show this morning. “But every player wants to be acknowledged by their fan base, by other players in the league, coaches. You come into the league and as a young player you want to earn the respect of your peers and then you want to get paid and then you want to be an All-Star; maybe that’s the wrong order; and then nothing more important than winning.
 
Ainge added, “Isaiah is having a great year. He’s talked a lot about it. At some point in his career, he’ll talk about the most important thing and that’s winning championships.”
 
Ainge pointed to when Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen were all Celtics, there was no mistaking that winning came before anything else.
 
But where those guys were in their careers in terms of individual achievements and just age, were major factors in their focus being so deeply rooted in winning.
 
“Along the way they all want to win, but when you get to the point where Paul, Ray and KG were in their 30s, they didn’t care about any of that other stuff because they had it all, already,” Ainge said. “They had multiple All-Star games, they had big contracts, winning became the only thing that mattered.”
 
In other Celtics-related news, Ainge said that there’s no timetable for when Avery Bradley (right Achilles strain) will return to the floor. He has missed five of the last six games with the injury which includes last night’s loss to the New York Knicks which was a game in which the 6-foot-2 Bradley was a last-minute scratch from the lineup