Allen's status for Game 6 remains up in the air

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Allen's status for Game 6 remains up in the air

WALTHAM There's still no word on whether Ray Allen and that gimpy right ankle of his will be on the floor tonight for Game 1 of Boston's second-round series against Philadelphia.

Allen at least participated in the team's morning shoot-around which is somewhat encouraging.

As has been the case with Allen, the true litmus test won't come until hours before tip-off when he arrives at the TD Garden and goes through his usual pre-game routine which consists of several shooting and running drills.

While Allen remains hopeful that he can play, he's been through enough ups and downs with his ankle in recent weeks to where he has no choice but to focus on the moment when it comes to his availability.

Addressing the media on Friday, Allen said the ankle was "unstable" and added that he, "didn't have that comfortability, that maneuverability on the floor. Once I'm out there, I do what I can to help the team."

It was clear that the ankle was a problem in Boston's series-clinching Game 6 win over Atlanta on Thursday, a game in which Allen struggled to get free and missed six of seven shots from the field and was just 4-for-6 from the free throw line.
Allen, like the rest of us, won't know for sure if he'll go tonight until the very last minute.

"This whole week and a half, I've been so day-to-day and I've had some great days," Allen said on Friday. "Now I'm back to where I was two weeks ago."

Brown fires up Celtics teammates with tomahawk dunk over Vucevic

Brown fires up Celtics teammates with tomahawk dunk over Vucevic

Well it appears that Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic wasn’t the only one who didn’t see Jaylen Brown’s powerful dunk over him coming. 
 
Apparently, Brown didn’t see it coming either. 
 
“It caught me off-guard,” Brown said after Boston’s 117-87 thumping of the Magic. “I wasn’t even expecting it. It happens. It’s part of basketball. It’s two points.”
 
The play in question came early in the second quarter when Brown blew past Jodie Meeks into the lane and took off towards the rim. 
 
Vucevic jumped late, got dunked on and the Celtics bench went bananas!
 
“It gave our team a lot of energy,” Brown acknowledged.
 
Brown understands part of his job in coming off the bench is to make an impact with effort. 
 
And in doing so, he senses that his teammate’s confidence him in and his game can only grow.
 
“I feel like my teammates are trusting me more, getting more trust from the coaching staff,” said Brown who finished with 13 points. 
 
Avery Bradley likes what he’s seen from Brown, a young player who has shown tremendous promise. 
 
And that dunk over Vucevic?
 
“You’re going to see a lot more of those in his career,” Bradley said. “He gets us going.”