Allen probable for playoffs

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Allen probable for playoffs

BOSTON Thursday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks was the ninth straight Ray Allen-less game for the Boston Celtics, which brings the Celtics one step closer to beginning the playoffs this weekend without him available.
Rivers characterized the likelihood of Allen being available for Sunday's Game 1 matchup with Atlanta as "probable."
"In football terms, isn't that the word they use when it's more than 50 percent that he's going to play?" Rivers said. "So let's put him at probable."
The longer he's out, the less likely it becomes that he can make an immediate impact or play at a level comparable to what the C's and Allen have become accustomed to this time of year.
"He's not played in quite a while," Rivers said. "To go from zero to 100, which is what the playoffs are, is very difficult. But when you put Ray on the floor you still have to guard him. Having him on the floor gives us something; it gives us spacing."
Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, is among those unsure of when Allen will return to the lineup or what kind of impact will he be able to make.
"Whenever anybody's seeing doctors, it's no fun this time of the year," Ainge told CSNNE.com. "The fact that it's not 100 percent is a concern. I'm still hopeful, but concerned."
Ainge did not anticipate any additional tests would be performed on the ankle, which has already underwent X-rays and an MRI.
"I don't know if there are any more tests we can do," Ainge said. "It's the human body. It's taking longer to heal than obviously Ray would want, or we would want. We're just going to have to be patient, and wait for it to heal, hopefully sooner rather than later."

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-3 win over the Royals:

QUOTES

“I hadn’t really thought about it. Trying to win games. It’s late in the year . . . I don’t really have time to sit back and pat myself on the back for anything. We’re trying to win as a team.” - Dustin Pedroia on the importance of the 11-for-11 stretch in his career.

“It’s fun. It’s why you go to work in December, January, February. It’s all the work you put in up to this point. It feels good to go out there and get the results you expect to get, especially against a team like [the Royals] who is hot as they are right now.” - David Price on pitching meaningful games with a playoff-like atmosphere.

“Yeah, yeah we [knew about the streak] . . .  It was an awesome roll and it was fun to see . . . Every time I went up to hit, I let Salvador Perez know.” - Xander Bogaerts on Dustin Pedroia’s 11-for-11 streak.

“I think we’ve been able to handle velocity very well. We’ve got good bat-speed in out lineup, and we’re able to handle that.” - John Farrell on the offense thriving against good pitching.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz played in his 1,000th game at Fenway Park, becoming the fifth player to do so.

* Ortiz also became the first player ever to play 2,000 games as the designated hitter.

* Mookie Betts scored his 100th run of the season off his 29th home run of the year, joining Fred Lynn, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams as the only players to reach 100 runs before turning 24.

* The Red Sox hit back-to-back home runs for the fourth time this season with Betts and Hanley Ramirez going yard in the fifth.

* With his 2-for-4 day at the plate, Jackie Bradley Jr. improved to 34-for-94 (.362) batting ninth.

 

STARS

1) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia finished 4-for-5, extending his streak to 11 hits in 11 at-bats, finishing one shy of tying the MLB record.

2) David Price

Price logged his fourth straight quality start with his six-inning, two-run start. He also dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since his Opening Day start with Boston.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez finished 2-for-3 with two home runs. Saturday marked only the second multi-home run game of his career.