Allen's improved health coming at perfect time for C's

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Allen's improved health coming at perfect time for C's

BOSTON The Boston Celtics are a different-looking team these days, and Ray Allen has a lot to do with that.

Allen is starting to move without the ball and raise up for shots - and knock them down - in a fashion that's similar to what we've seen from him in the past.

That ankle injury that hobbled him for weeks, Allen said, isn't nearly as bothersome anymore.

"Just going into the game, starting the game, having my legs underneath me is for me it's a huge deal now," said Allen, who had 16 points on 6-for-16 shooting from the field. "How I feel now is a lot different from how I start the game."

And with Allen getting healthier, that only makes the challenge awaiting the Miami Heat more difficult, as the series shifts back to Miami for a Game 5 matchup. The winner of that game will have a chance to closethe series in Boston in Game 6.

For Allen, the improved health has been nothing short of a miracle whenyou consider where he was at just a few short weeks ago.

"At my lowest point, I was ready to have surgery," Allen said. "I didn't think that I would get any better, because I was doing all the things I needed to do treatment-wise and just staying off of it. It didn't seem like it was going to get any better."

But it has improved to the point where it's not a question as to whether he'll play, but how long will Rivers stick with him and how effective will he be.

"It just progressively got better over time," Allen said. "We'll see how I deal with it once the season is over."

For Allen and the rest of the Celtics, they're hoping that day won't come anytime soon.

Report: Celtics know which players Durant wants

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Report: Celtics know which players Durant wants

The big question for the Celtics this offseason: What will it take to bring Kevin Durant to Boston?

It appears the Green Team might have an idea.

During an appearance on WEEI, Butch Sterns revealed that Durant’s representatives have told the Celtics organization which guys he wants to play with.

“I have this on pretty good authority: The Celtics have sat with his agent and other representatives of Durant. The Celtics do know — I don’t know who it is — but they do know who he would prefer to be brought here in a LeBron-Chris Bosh-Dwyane Wade-like way. Because that’s how it works in the NBA. You need to know who the guy or guys that that guy wants, which would be a factor

“Now, I don’t know if Durant’s told them that. But the Celtics know. They know. They’ve been told what group of guys he would want to come here.”

It’s unclear if other teams have received a similar list from Durant’s camp, but on the surface it appears Durant could be at least entertaining the idea of joining the Celtics.
 

MacMullan: Unwise to put all your basketballs in Kevin Durant's basket

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MacMullan: Unwise to put all your basketballs in Kevin Durant's basket

Where will Kevin Durant end up? Everyone from Isaiah Thomas to Terrance Knighton have already started recruiting. Draper and MacMullan break down the possibilities.