Celtics' Allen out vs. Nets


Celtics' Allen out vs. Nets

BOSTON Ray Allen is human after all.

Allen, who has been the Celtic's top scorer this season, will not play in tonight's game because of flu-like symptoms.

Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said Keyon Dooling would get the starting nod, with Avery Bradley being the first guard off the bench.

Allen attempted to go to the C's shoot-around this morning. Celtics trainer Ed Lacerte told Rivers that Allen wasn't feeling well.

"We told him (Allen) to stay away, and if he was feeling better tonight, to come," Rivers said. "And then when he didn't feel much (better), we told him to stay at home."

The Celtics will also welcome back Jermaine O'Neal to the starting lineup. O'Neal did not play in Boston's 94-86 win over Washington on Monday. He suffered a hamstring injury against the Wizards on New Year's Day.

Because the hamstring was still somewhat sore and the C's were playing a back-to-back, the team's medical officials decided to keep him off the floor.

In more injury-related news, Mickael Pietrus continues to inch closer to playing in his first game with the Celtics. He told CSNNE.com that he's hoping to be on the floor sometime next week.