OFFSEASON

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."

OFFSEASON

Who will make the Celtics roster?

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Who will make the Celtics roster?

BOSTON – Regardless of what the Celtics do in the offseason, there will always be position battles in training camp.

But when the players arrive in a few weeks, a handful will have more at stake than just a roster spot.

Boston currently has 18 players with full or partially guaranteed contracts, a number that has to be pared down to 15 or less by the time the regular season begins.

The math is pretty cut and dry. Barring a trade, at least three players have to be let go.

But who will they be?

That’s for Brad Stevens and the rest of the Celtics brass to figure out.

In the meantime, here’s a look at five Celtics who, barring a trade, are likely to be among the pool of players Boston will be picking from for what should be the last couple of roster spots.

OFFSEASON

Boston Celtics announce 2016 preseason schedule

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Boston Celtics announce 2016 preseason schedule

New England fans will get their first glimpse at the 2016-2017 Boston Celtics when they kick off their preseason schedule on October 4 against the Philadelphia 76ers at UMass-Amherst’s Mullins Center.

That game will feature two of the top three picks in last month’s draft as Ben Simmons, the top overall pick, will face Jaylen Brown, who was drafted by the Celtics with the third overall pick.

Boston’s 7-game schedule features no back-to-back games, but they do face the Charlotte Hornets in their second and third preseason games on Oct. 6 (in Greensboro, N.C.) and Oct. 8 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Here’s a look at Boston’s full preseason schedule:

DATE               OPPONENT                  LOCATION                                                        TIME
Oct. 4               Philadelphia 76ers         UMass-Amherst Mullins Center (Amherst, MA)     7:00 p.m. ET
Oct. 6               Charlotte Hornets          Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, NC)             7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 8               Charlotte Hornets          Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, CT)                  3:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 13             Brooklyn Nets               Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY)                          7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 15             New York Knicks           Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)             7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 17             Brooklyn Nets               TD Garden (Boston, MA)                                   7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 19             New York Knicks           TD Garden (Boston, MA)                                   7:30 p.m. ET