Allen to have offseason ankle surgery, doubtful for Game 1

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Allen to have offseason ankle surgery, doubtful for Game 1

WALTHAM -- Prior to Celtics practice on Saturday, Ray Allen said he plans to have surgery on his right ankle following this season.

Doc Rivers does not expect him to play in Game 1 of the Boston Celtics - Atlanta Hawks first round series on Sunday.

No question, Allen said of surgery. If I could, I would get surgery tomorrow. If this was earlier in the season, I probably would have had surgery.

Rivers said Allen will not practice on Saturday.

We wont know, honestly, Rivers said of Allens Game 1 status. Hes not going to practice today. And honestly, I dont think hell play tomorrow, but well find that out. He can play, so Im not saying hes not, and it would be very nice if he does, but hes just not moving well and well just find out.

Allen suffered the injury in March and has missed 15 games as a result. He realized he would need postseason surgery about a month ago after seeing images from his test results. But given the unpredictable timetable of recovery from surgery, he opted to wait out the rest of the season.

It was just inevitable, he said. Just from talking to a couple different doctors who said, when the seasons over youre going to have to get this cleaned up.

The veteran guard received a second cortisone shot on Thursday, which he said has helped alleviate the discomfort.

Just as I stand here, moving around on it, walking around, it feels great, he said. Now transferring that on to the floor and moving around on it is the next step.

Allen will travel with the Celtics to Atlanta. Being around the team is important to him, especially in this part of the season. Contending for a championship is why Allen has been fighting so hard to return to the court.

These are extreme situations, extreme times, he said. Playoff basketball, its a few notches above what we do in the regular season. So its really just a matter of me just getting my legs underneath me, running when I can. But thats a difficult thing, trying to run. I felt good running but just making sure I go through, when I can get into practice, just moving around in practice and trying to get my legs underneath me. You just have to deal with that.

Thomas says NBA 2K wouldn't accept Cousins trade, NBA 2K confirms it wouldn't

Thomas says NBA 2K wouldn't accept Cousins trade, NBA 2K confirms it wouldn't

The Kings have not exactly been celebrated as geniuses since news of Sunday’s DeMarcus Cousins trade broke. 

The deal, which sent Buddy Hield, a top-three-protected 2017 first-round pick, a 2017 second-rounder, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway to Sacramento for Cousins and Omri Casspi, has been widely mocked for how little the Kings fetched for the All-Star center. In handing out trades for the deal, SI gave the Pelicans an A and the Kings an F.

One team that could have easily beaten New Orleans’ offer was the Celtics, who seemingly did not participate in Sunday’s trade talks. On Monday, Isaiah Thomas tweeted his thoughts on the trade: 

Just as good as Thomas’ tweet was the fact that NBA 2K confirmed that it would not allow the trade to happen. 

Blakely: Celtics made the right choice in not pursuing Cousins

Blakely: Celtics made the right choice in not pursuing Cousins

NEW ORLEANS -- There will be a significant faction of Celtics Nation who will see DeMarcus Cousins’ trade to New Orleans as a lost opportunity for the C's, who could have offered a much more enticing trade package than the one the Sacramento Kings accepted.
 
The Kings received nothing even remotely close to a king’s ransom for Cousins, acquiring him in exchange for rookie Buddy Hield, journeyman Langston Galloway and ex-Pelican Tyreke Evans (who has never been the same since his Rookie of the Year season in 2010), along with a protected first-round pick and a future second-round selection.

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While the knee-jerk reaction is to focus on why Boston decided to not pursue a trade for Cousins, more important is what the non-decision means for the moment and going forward.
 
Think about what the Celtics have done in the last three-plus seasons.
 
They went from being a lottery team to one that has the second-best record in the East. They're holding the potential No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft; at worst, the pick will be in the top four or five. They have three of the most team-friendly contracts (Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder) in the NBA. They have promising prospects overseas as well as in the D-League. And they're led by a coach who has improved his coaching acumen -- and the team’s win total -- every year he's been on the job.
 
And it's all enveloped by a culture with a high level of selflessness, which has created a locker-room environment that has been more about fighting for each other than fighting one another or others off the court.
 
Do you really think Cousins’ talent would have trumped the baggage he'd be bringing to the Celtics if they'd acquired him?
 
For him to have fit in with this team would have required him to make the kind of changes that, frankly, I just don’t see him being capable of making at this point.
 
On more than one occasion, “not fitting in” with the Celtics culture was given to me as the reason why a Cousins-to-Boston trade never gained any traction with the team’s brass. Or coaching staff, for that matter.
 
While there's no denying that he's arguably the best center in the NBA, Cousins is a high-risk, high-reward talent that makes sense to pursue if you're a franchise which has nothing to lose by adding him to the mix. Like, say, New Orleans.
 
The Pelicans are 11th in the Western Conference despite having Anthony Davis, who has been asked to carry the weight of a franchise that has yet to figure out the best combination of talent to surround him with and find success.
 
The addition of Cousins not only provides Davis some major help, but serves as a reminder of just how desperate the Pelicans are.
 
While there are mixed reports on whether the package of assets the Kings agreed to was the best they could have received for Cousins, there was no way they were going to get anything close to comparable talent in exchange for him.
 
And that was solely due to the risk that any team was willing to take on in order to acquire him.
 
At some point, the Celtics need to take advantage of an opportunity to go all-in for a superstar player. But this was not that time, or that player.