WALTHAM Ray Allen moved one step closer towards returning to the Boston Celtics lineup, participating in the C's morning shoot-around.
However, Allen's status remains uncertain until he arrives at the Garden hours before tip-off, to go through his pre-game shooting routine.
In Allen's past attempts at returning to the lineup, this is one hurdle that he has yet to clear.
One possibility that Allen might consider would be to scale back some of the drills he puts his body through, something that C's head coach Doc Rivers hinted at on Thursday as being something under consideration.
Hes such a creature of habit," Rivers said. "He does his workouts the night before every game and does his two hours of shooting and then before the game does his hour of shooting. Thats a lot of work. We have to figure out a way of allowing him to try to do some of it, but not doing so much where when he finishes he cant play. Id rather take 10 minutes of him on the floor than nothing, if thats what it comes to.
Allen has missed the Celtics last 11 games with the injury, which includes the C's two playoff games against the Atlanta Hawks.