Celtics’ Allen pushing through injury
Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen has shifted back to full speed.
One day after considering whether to sit Allen for Game 2 because of an injured ankle, the team changed course and told Allen to return to his normal routine, rather than limiting his off-day activity.
To that end, Allen arrived early for extra shooting on Wednesday.
“That’s Ray,” Rivers told reporters. “Someone said, ‘Should you go another way?’ and I said, ‘No, you want to give Ray a chance, every game, because you know he’s going to do everything it requires.’ He’s going to give himself a chance and you know that. Ray is a tough, determined individual. He’s Ray Allen, because that’s what he does. He’ll come early and do the same shooting. Ray wants to play well, and he’s not going to let injury or anything else be a reason why he doesn’t.
“Like I said yesterday, we don’t know what the right prescription is for him. We tried it the other way, we told him, ‘Don’t shoot, don’t do anything.’ Well, that didn’t help him because he’s a great shooter. So we told him, ‘Just do your routine, and if you feel great, great; if you don’t, then we’ll do something else.’”