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Ray Allen Will Play Against Knicks Tonight

 

Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe tweeted the news from the C’s shootaround this morning, as well as this positive nugget about Allen’s status:

Ray had missed the past four games with the ankle injury, during which the C’s went 3-1. It makes sense for Boston bring back Ray right now if he’s healthy, with the possibility the team could wrap up the Atlantic Division tonight against the Knicks with a win. Contests with the Magic and Hawks also loom large for the remainder of the week in the battle for home court advantage in the first round of the postseason.

With that said, I expect Doc to play it somewhat cautious with Allen here, perhaps even sitting him tomorrow night on the second half of the back-to-back with the ankle issue flaring up so much lately. Home court edge would be nice, but a healthy Ray Allen is much more crucial to this team’s chances.

Luckily, there are only five more games left in which Doc has to perform this balancing act with Ray and the entire roster. I look for Doc to go full steam ahead with things this week, since if they take care of business against Orlando and Atlanta, there’s a strong possibility they will be able to rest everyone without repurcussions next week.

  • ripsonics

    PRAISE JESUS!

    GO C's!

  • felix

    Jesus! Sounds kinda like a gamble to me. Don't want the swelling to come back for the playoffs – Doc really trying to make a run for the 3rd in the east??

    • felix

      of course i would never doubt Doc:)

    • Josh

      I don't think its as much as the 3rd seed as it is home court advantage in the 1st round.

  • Celtics Fan in LA

    Who would you like to see the Celtics face in the first round?

    A) Atlanta
    B) Orlando

    Who has the best chance of upsetting the Bulls in the First Round?

    A) New York
    B) Philadelphia

    Who has the best chance of upsetting the Heat in the First Round?

    A) New York
    B) Philadelphia

    Who has the best chance of upsetting the Pacers in the First Round?

    A) Atlanta
    B) Orlando
    C) Boston

  • Celtics Fan in LA

    1. Who would you like to see the Celtics face in the first round?

    A) Atlanta
    B) Orlando

    2. Who has the best chance of upsetting the Bulls in the First Round?

    A) New York
    B) Philadelphia

    3. Who has the best chance of upsetting the Heat in the First Round?

    A) New York
    B) Philadelphia

    4. Who has the best chance of upsetting the Pacers in the First Round?

    A) Atlanta
    B) Orlando
    C) Boston

  • yeah

    1. B, Magic. I think the Celtics know how to disassemble this team entirely on any night. It's also a team we historically don't show up all lazy against.
    2. A, New York. Only because Philadelphia seems to have lost whatever it was they once had.
    3. Ditto.
    4. I think you should leave the Celtics out as a choice for this question – sure we're all tied, but we're not going to play the Pacers in the first round if we win the Atlantic – which is extremely likely. That said, Atlanta; and I only say Atlanta because they played well against us. I typically think of Orlando as the better/stronger team, but they look more vulnerable than usual right now.

  • Tom

    Even with ray allen the knicks will still stomp them out and i have why on my blog and how to bet it! http://nbawagers.com/2012/04/nba-bettin-for-the-b

    • Matt

      Why would New York stomp the Celtics? They've beaten the Celtics ONE TIME in the past 13 meetings including pre-season, when Paul Pierce wasn't on the floor, by 2 points. Get out of here.

      • Anthony

        Don't forget to mention that Knicks wouldn't have even won that 1st game if it wasn't for the ref. Phantom foul calls and technicals.

    • ripsonics

      just for kicks i read a little bit of your 'blog' and you spelled rondo's name wrong in the second sentence you moron, so i stopped reading.

      shame on you Tom… SHAME ON YOU.

    • Mark

      No one cares about your stupid blog. Go peddle your crap somewhere else.

  • http://twitter.com/ryanmhuber @ryanmhuber

    Perhaps the first comment was a reference to Jesus Shuttlesworth.

    • ripsonics

      perhaps you are correct.

  • Phreesh

    Celtics suck. Knicks rule!!!!

  • yeah

    It seems we being infiltrated by the opposing bench.

  • someguyinsac

    Uh oh, TBT says Ray is out tonight. Guess I'll have to wait and see if he plays or not.
    http://tbt.blogs.nba.com/2012/04/17/celtics-at-kn

  • I_Love_Green

    Ray Ray and MP are both out tonight. That's not good, we needed Pietrus' defense for Melo tonight.

  • ge0gre

    They could really use ray ray right now

  • tomrod

    they could use rondo rotating on defense…

  • someguyinsac

    Seems like the Knicks are throwing the ball into the ocean, as far as 3 pointers go.

  • hansgruber

    This game sucks. Already turned it. These are the games that make me doubt them.

    • someguyinsac

      I'd possibly be doing the same if it was the third quarter, but it's not so I'm going to hang in there and probably till the end too.

    • I_Love_Green

      Well these nights will happen, especially when you're missing 2 key rotation players, and the other team goes 25/25 from three.

  • yeah

    Knicks be getting mad lucky with these 3's. I mean obviously some of it is our fault, but they're still getting mad lucky.

  • I_Love_Green

    Rondo just broke his tailbone, or back.

  • -jp

    Rondo just went down, this game sucks on every level

  • someguyinsac

    He's back up, go Rondo!

  • ElRoz

    So I read the good news that Ray Allen will play tonight…then find out not only he, but Pietrus is out…and Boston has decided not to play defense in the first half.

    Horrid defense

  • I_Love_Green

    P's gettin 40 tonight, but most likely in a losing effort if the D doesn't step up.

  • Chris from Danvers

    Has been a rough game, but when you consider the fact that the Knicks were "NBA record" hot and the refs have no clue what they are calling when Pavlovic is on Carmelo, it is easy to see what the Celtics are down. They should be down by more – particularly hitting 11 threes in the second quarter.

    Wow – this just in – Pavlovic just got a charge.

    • ElRoz

      I recall the refs did the same the first game – calling everything on Sasha against Melo….WHY? Does Melo need more help.

      Not that the refs are the problem, but still.

  • hansgruber

    Not watching the game but seriously, is it really only 2 bench points? Jesus, also please tell me Rondo is alright.

  • tomrod

    Rondo left Novak way too open on those last 2 threes.

    • IBleedGreen

      It's not like he has play any defense all season

    • Anthony

      OMG… as soon as I saw Rondo's switch on Novak, I already knew what was coming. Obviously the fall slowed him down but, seriously, WTF was Rondo cheating and leaving the league's best 3pt shooter open??!! on back-to-back possessions no less!!

      With the Knicks shooting a ridiculous % in the 1st half, then lapses in defense on Chandler (I think he had 5 dunks in a span of 2-3 mins), then 3 consecutive stupid foul calls by the ref on Sasha (It's so damn blatant and obvious!!!), the Celt still manage to be down only 6pts with 3 minutes to play. Also, Melo should've got T'd up when he bitched about a foul against Bass, and then talking trash to Stiemsma when he fouled JR Smith. Chandler also tried to bully Stiemsma but nice to see that Stiemboat didnt back down to either of them.

      Couldn't have asked to be in a better position but Rondo decides to cheat on defense and leave Novak for 2 open 3s'. It was definitely a win-able game but Celts didn't want it and let the Knicks pull away.

    • yeah

      That's because he CAN'T MOVE LOL
      I'm excusing it because tailbone

  • IBleedGreen

    So is Celtics Hub on strike now?

  • ElRoz

    I'm one of the more negative posters here…but all in all, I'm not that worried due to this game.

    First of all, the team hasn't had a practice in a while due to the tough schedule – this affects their defense.
    Ray Allen could have helped off the bench (2 points off the bench?!) and had at least 2-3 made 3-pointers tonight.
    Pieturs would have provided additional defense and slashing and running – something that Sasha doesn't do. The Team was missing two key bench guys and scorers, and has not had a practice in a while. Finally, it might sound weird, but NYK seem to be better when either Melo or Amare are not playing because then it is clear who is the go-to-guy; when both play you don't get the same clarity and value out of either one. I said it like 30-40 games ago: both Amare and Melo is too much and confusing.

    Finally, JR Smith and Novak are NOT going to be hitting these threes and seeing bad defense from Boston if these teams ever meet in the playoffs (I doubt it)..for all you Heat haters, imagine yourself rooting for JR and Novak against Miami

  • Clay

    No pre-game summary?

    Celticshub score: F

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