Allen, Pietrus out tonight vs. Knicks

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Allen, Pietrus out tonight vs. Knicks

NEW YORK The Boston Celtics will once again experience life without Ray Allen, whose right ankle injury apparently hasn't healed as well as believed.

Allen went through shoot-around this morning, and seemed fine. But C's coach Doc Rivers got the news afterward that Allen's ankle problems would keep him out of the C's lineup once again.

"As far as the movement, the mobility from the morning, it wasn't to my liking," said Allen, who will miss his 15th game in the last 16 played by the C's.

Allen's injury has been disappointing from the start. But now it's starting to trend towards frustration.

"I was excited about coming in, feeling that lift and spring again," Allen said. "But for some reason, it wasn't there. That's the disappointment that it lingers towards frustration. I've been doing what I need to do to get back. I guess my ankle is saying, 'I'm not ready yet,' I gotta take more time."

Rivers had already implemented the inclusion of Allen in his game plan for tonight's game, only to find out upon arriving at Madison Square Garden that Allen would not play.

"I got here and got the Grim Reaper (Eddie Lacerte, the C's team trainer) - that's what we call Eddie when he comes in. And he gave me the news. Just roll with it, and we'll see tomorrow."

That was just the beginning of the bad news for Boston.

Mickael Pietrus watched shoot-around this morning, but was sent back to Boston to have his knee examined. His status for Wednesday's game against Orlando is unclear.

Rivers believes his problem has more to do with the schedule being so packed with games.

"You kind of forget that he's been out so long," Rivers said. "And then we kind of threw him back in the fire. I probably errored there, too. Three games in a row for him, his knee swelled up so we sent him back home right away."

Pietrus suffered a concussion on March 23 which forced him to miss the C's next 10 games. He returned on April 11 against Atlanta and appeared in the next four games which included the Celtics' only set of back-to-back-to-back games this season.

It is unclear when either player will return to the lineup. But as has been the case with guys getting hurt all season, there will not be any plans to rush anyone back - especially with the playoffs just a couple weeks away.

"At the end of the day, we need everyone for the playoffs," Rivers said.

Whether Goodell visits Foxboro or not, Patriots players say they don't care

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Whether Goodell visits Foxboro or not, Patriots players say they don't care

FOXBORO -- Roger Goodell will reportedly be in Atlanta for the NFC Championship Game this weekend and therefore will miss the AFC title game between the Patriots and Steelers at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. His absence will mean he hasn't been to a Patriots game in more than two years, when he was present for the AFC title game in 2015 -- the birth of Deflategate. 

It's news that broke on Tuesday and sent some Patriots fans into an uproar. Patriots players, though, sound like they're having a hard time caring one way or the other.

"He’s the commissioner, so obviously whatever he wants to do, he can do," Tom Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Monday. "If he wants to come, that would be -- yeah, he can come."

In the Patriots locker room on Tuesday, others struck a similar tone.

"I could care less," said Patriots receiver Chris Hogan. "I'm focused on Pittsburgh and their defense and studying them as much as I can this week, watching them as much as I can so that I can go out there on Sunday and be prepared."

Special teams captain Matthew Slater was similarly disinterested in the discussion.

"The game's going to be played," he said. "Whoever's in attendance is in attendance. We'll just worry about trying to play well."

Hogan 'feeling good' as he recovers from thigh injury

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Hogan 'feeling good' as he recovers from thigh injury

FOXBORO -- Patriots wideout Chris Hogan indicated after Saturday's divisional round win over the Texans that he'd be OK, and he doubled down on that stance when meeting with reporters Tuesday. 

The veteran receiver, whose first season with the Patriots has brought his first career postseason experience, injured his thigh against Houston. He left in the third quarter and did not return. 

"Feeling good," Hogan said. "Just had a little minor setback in the game. I'm working back every single day and feeling better every day."

Hogan had an awkward collision with Texans defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney at the end of the first half on a play at the goal line. To that point, he had reeled in four passes for 95 yards as the team's primary deep threat. With Hogan out, Brady relied upon Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd as wideouts.

Hogan explained that he was expecting to practice this week.

"I'm just gonna go day by day," he said. "Come in here tomorrow. Everything's been feeling better day by day. I'm looking forward to getting out there and practicing this week."