Allen not yet ready

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Allen not yet ready

BOSTON Ray Allen was on the TD Garden floor hours before tip-off, knocking down shot after shot after shot.

In his mind, tonight was going to be the night when he would return to the Boston Celtics' lineup.

But his body - specifically, his left ankle - had other plans.

Allen said the ankle isn't where he's comfortable playing on it, which means he'll miss his third straight game tonight.

"I shot today, and I felt pretty good shooting," Allen said. "But I still have a little I think it's still a little weak. I'll go at it tomorrow, and try to go through a couple different routines, cutting back and forth, doing everything I can on the court and then go back and see how I feel on Sunday."

In addition to Allen, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said the team will also be without Rajon Rondo (right wrist), Jermaine O'Neal (left knee) and Keyon Dooling who suffered a hip pointer injury in Boston's 91-83 win at Orlando on Thursday night.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers is optimistic that some of his injured players will return to action on Sunday when the C's host Cleveland.

"I don't know which ones," Rivers said. "Everybody's real close, but no one is ready today."

Allen, who was in Boston along with his wife welcoming in the birth of their son, Wystan Ryan Allen, had a chance to catch some of Boston's come-from-behind win over the Magic.

Like many, Allen has been impressed by the way the C's backups have made the most of their increased playing time with himself and other key players out with injuries.

"What we've said all along, we have a group of guys that know how to play," Allen said. "As long as we continue to go out there and work together, and make it happen, together at times when we're bad we look helter-skelter. But when we're good, we got it all focused in and everybody's doing their job."

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.”