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Allen's status still up in the air

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Allen's status still up in the air

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.