Monday, May 24, 2010

TA playing through pain...Celts look to close out Magic tonight at Garden

Celts coach Doc Rivers said Sunday that reserve guard Tony Allen has playing through fairly severe ankle pain and was questionable for Game 3.

"Tony's ankle has been bothering him a lot, but he's playing through it," said Rivers.

Allen missed the first 20 games of the 2009-10 season with a sore right ankle after rushing himself back from offseason ankle surgery and aggravating the injury during the only preseason game he appeared in. Despite little expectations given his injuries woes in six seasons in Boston, Allen soon emerged as Boston's most reliable bench player, providing consistent defense and the occasional offensive spark.

The injury was worrisome enough for Rivers to consider using Nate Robinson off the bench and increasing minutes for veteran Michael Finley. Allen still contributed in Game 3 but look for Rivers to be careful with him especially with a 3-0 series lead and the Magic all but dead. I will be careful with these words after what the Bruins pulled though

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