Allen questionable for Game 1 as ankle pain returns

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Allen questionable for Game 1 as ankle pain returns

WALTHAM A number of the Boston Celtics' more seasoned players have enjoyed a bit of a renaissance lately, Ray Allen among them.

But his flashback in time isn't one he or the Celtics feel good about.

Allen said the right ankle injury that has bothered him for months is giving him the kind of pain and discomfort he felt two weeks ago, which makes his availability for Game 1 of Saturday's second round playoff series against Philadelphia, questionable.

"It's very sore and achy," Allen said. "And with that, it gets stiff. I do what I can to loosen it up, move it around, so I can get more mobility from it."

Allen said the ankle did bother him some during Boston's Game 6 win, which helps explain why he struggled so mightily with shooting the ball.

Allen finished with seven points, but shot just 1-for-7 from the field.

"It was unstable," Allen said of the ankle. "I felt somewhat positioned; I didn't' have that comfortability, that maneuverability on the floor. Once I'm out there, I do what I can to help the team."

Arguably the greatest 3-point shooter in NBA history, Allen's presence does in fact open the floor up for guys like Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to better operate offensively.

But his presence, at least now, is very much up in the air - just like it was two weeks ago when the bone spurs became too painful for him to do anything but watch and wait for the pain to lessen.

And as far as the benefit of him missing a game, Allen doesn't know if that would be enough.

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

Hayward scheduled to meet with C's, Jazz, Heat when free agency begins

Hayward scheduled to meet with C's, Jazz, Heat when free agency begins

Coveted free agent Gordon Hayward reportedly has three teams he is interested in signing with this summer. The Celtics, as you might expect, are one of them.

The other two are the Heat and his team for the last seven years, the Jazz.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Hayward is scheduled to meet with all three teams when free agency begins, starting with the Heat on Saturday and then the Jazz on Monday. His day to meet with the Celtics has yet to be announced.

All three teams are likely to offer Hayward max contracts, but expect the C's to push extra hard to land him as they attempt to "sequence acquisitions" for both Hayward and Pacers star Paul George.