Doc Rivers said Allen will have no limitations and the swelling is gone in his right ankle #celtics
— gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) April 17, 2012
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.