Allen to have offseason ankle surgery, doubtful for Game 1


Allen to have offseason ankle surgery, doubtful for Game 1

WALTHAM -- Prior to Celtics practice on Saturday, Ray Allen said he plans to have surgery on his right ankle following this season.

Doc Rivers does not expect him to play in Game 1 of the Boston Celtics - Atlanta Hawks first round series on Sunday.

No question, Allen said of surgery. If I could, I would get surgery tomorrow. If this was earlier in the season, I probably would have had surgery.

Rivers said Allen will not practice on Saturday.

We wont know, honestly, Rivers said of Allens Game 1 status. Hes not going to practice today. And honestly, I dont think hell play tomorrow, but well find that out. He can play, so Im not saying hes not, and it would be very nice if he does, but hes just not moving well and well just find out.

Allen suffered the injury in March and has missed 15 games as a result. He realized he would need postseason surgery about a month ago after seeing images from his test results. But given the unpredictable timetable of recovery from surgery, he opted to wait out the rest of the season.

It was just inevitable, he said. Just from talking to a couple different doctors who said, when the seasons over youre going to have to get this cleaned up.

The veteran guard received a second cortisone shot on Thursday, which he said has helped alleviate the discomfort.

Just as I stand here, moving around on it, walking around, it feels great, he said. Now transferring that on to the floor and moving around on it is the next step.

Allen will travel with the Celtics to Atlanta. Being around the team is important to him, especially in this part of the season. Contending for a championship is why Allen has been fighting so hard to return to the court.

These are extreme situations, extreme times, he said. Playoff basketball, its a few notches above what we do in the regular season. So its really just a matter of me just getting my legs underneath me, running when I can. But thats a difficult thing, trying to run. I felt good running but just making sure I go through, when I can get into practice, just moving around in practice and trying to get my legs underneath me. You just have to deal with that.

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
This season, all-NBA first team defender is  the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.


Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

WALTHAM, Mass. – To dunk or not to dunk with the best in the NBA?
That is the question Celtics rookie forward Jaylen Brown is grappling with these days.
The 6-foot-7 Brown confirmed that he has been invited to be part of the league’s Slam Dunk competition at All-Star weekend, but hasn’t made up his mind as to whether he will participate.
Brown said he’ll likely make a decision about it sometime this weekend.
While he certainly understands that is indeed an honor for any player to be asked to participate in All-Star weekend, Brown said his trepidation about being part of the slam dunk competition has a lot to do with its potential impact on his body and how that may affect his ability to recharge over the weekend and get ready to finish out his rookie season strong.
If he decided to enter the contest, he would be facing some really stiff competition from last year’s winner Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, whose battle last season put their slam dunk competition among the best ever.
Facing tough competition is not something that concerns Brown.
“I’m not worried about anybody or anything,” Brown said. “I think I have a lot to offer. Just like your rookie year, your body and everything … it’s a lot. All those dunks, they look cool but it takes a toll on your body for sure. I want to put myself in the best position to help the team.”
While his focus has been on the Celtics, Brown acknowledged he has been getting a few tips on the competition from teammate Gerald Green, who is also a former Slam Dunk champion.
“[Gerald] Green has been coaching me up, giving me a lot of good ideas I wouldn’t have thought on my own,” Brown said. “If I do decide to do it, it’ll be some stuff [nobody] has seen before.”