How much does Ray Allen have left?


How much does Ray Allen have left?

Hard to believe, but the Celtics are down to five games on the regular season.

And from here on out, it's all about seeding.

Who will they play in the first round? Who would they play in the second round? Will they have home court advantage? Can someone please kidnap Reggie Miller?

This is what we want to know.

But here's the thing about playoff seeding: It's so far beyond the Celtics control.

They could win the next five games or lose the next five games, and it might not make a difference. Their seeding and opponent will still one way or another likely come down to the last day of the season. So why stress about it now?

On that note, while seeding is cool, I'm far more interested in watching Ray Allen.

He's the real story of these next two weeks.

I mean, it's obvious that this injury is somewhat serious. At least to the extent where it will linger from now until the end of the playoffs. So, how much can he give? How long can he go? Is this something that could sabotage his season?

Of course, with Avery Bradley in the mix, these questions aren't quite as scary as they would have been at pretty much any other point in Allen's Celtics career. Right now, the C's are more prepared than ever to fight on without him.

But it goes without saying that if Boston has any legitimate dreams of winning another title, they need Ray Allen. He may not be able to run circles around you for 35 minutes a night anymore, but there are still things that he can do down the stretch of a game a playoff game that very few can. He's still a difference maker.

So let's hope Allen is out there tonight at MSG, and that more importantly, he can still walk when he wakes up tomorrow morning.

And then we can talk about seeding.

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Ramirez, Leon homer, Red Sox beat Angels 9-4 on Papi's night


Ramirez, Leon homer, Red Sox beat Angels 9-4 on Papi's night

BOSTON - Hanley Ramirez and Sandy Leon hit two-run homers and the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-4 on Friday to cap a night in which David Ortiz's number became the latest retired at Fenway Park.

It was the 250th career home run for Ramirez, a good friend of Ortiz who was also born in the Dominican Republic. Leon finished with three hits and four RBIs.

The homers helped provide a nice cushion for Rick Porcello (4-9), who gave up four runs and struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings to earn the victory. It was the 13th straight start Porcello has gone at least six innings.

Alex Meyer (3-4) allowed five runs and five hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Los Angeles scored three runs in the seventh, but cooled off after Porcello left.

Boston got out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, scoring on an RBI double by Xander Bogaerts and then getting two more runs off wild pitches by Meyer.

Ramirez gave Porcello a 5-1 lead in the fourth with his two-run shot to right field.

This could serve as a needed confidence boost for Porcello, who had been 0-4 with a 7.92 ERA in his previous five starts, allowing 47 hits and 27 earned runs.

He had command of his pitches early, holding the Angels scoreless until the fourth, when a catching error by Leon at home allowed Albert Pujols to cross the plate.

Drew Moor, Sebastian Giovinco score, Toronto FC beats Revolution, 2-0

Drew Moor, Sebastian Giovinco score, Toronto FC beats Revolution, 2-0

TORONTO - Drew Moor scored early and Sebastian Giovinco struck late and Toronto FC overcame a tight schedule turnaround to beat the New England Revolution 2-0 on Friday night.

Toronto was coming off a 1-1 tie Wednesday night in Montreal in the first leg of the Canadian Championship final. The Revs had been off since a 2-1 home loss to Chicago on Saturday.

Moor's 11th-minute goal looked to be enough, with Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono preserving the win with a save on Teal Bunbury's header in the 88th minute. But Giovinco added an insurance goal deep into stoppage time, bringing down a high ball before beating a defender and banging a left-footed shot home for his 50th goal in MLS regular-season and playoff action.

MLS leading Toronto (10-2-5) has won seven straight at home. New England (5-7-5) is 0-6-3 on the road.