It was up in the air whether or not Ray Allen would be able to give it a go for Game 1 of the Celtics-Sixers series, but that question was put to rest by Allen about an hour before the game began.
Allen will play.
After going through his normal pregame shootaround, Allen determined that his right ankle felt good enough to play, although he'll still be playing through some pain.
Just yesterday, Allen said that the ankle felt as bad as it did two weeks ago, when Allen missed regular-season time which extended into the beginning of the first series.
Doc Rivers also previously expressed concern, but said that everybody, including Paul Pierce (sprained MCL), is good to go tonight.
More from A. Sherrod Blakely to come . . .
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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.