ATLANTA Ray Allen watch will continue for at least a few more hours, with the veteran guard's availability for tonight's Game 1 matchup against the Atlanta Hawks still up in the air.
Allen, who has missed the last nine games for the Celtics with a right ankle injury, was on the floor prior to the Celtic's morning shoot-around.
Whether he participated or not doesn't matter.
The true test for Allen won't come until a few hours prior to tip-off, which is when he arrives at the arena and undergoes his usual pre-game routine of working on his shooting, cutting and an assortment of other shooting drills.
In the past when he was close to returning, this is what ultimately set him back.
So with his status very much up in the air, C's coach Doc Rivers said going into tonight's game, the Celtics have two game plans - one with Ray Allen and one without.
The New York Knicks arrive in Boston tonight with the accompanying "Melo-drama" of Carmelo Anthony's disintegrating relationship with team president Phil Jackson.
Anthony would have to waive his no-trade clause to leave New York and Boston has been an oft-rumored destination.
On "The Toucher and Rich Show", the longtime voice of the Celtics, Mike Gorman, said he hopes it doesn't happen.
"I don't get it. I don't see it," Gorman said. "He's a ball stopper. One of the things that always intrigued me about Carmelo is when he's played with Team USA or an Olympic team, often he's the best player. Then you go and see him in a regular-season game and you say, 'Oh no, no."'
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