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Ray Allen scratched from Celtics/76ers due to ankle sprain

Mar 23, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

Ray Allen, Jeff Teague, Tracy McGrady AP

Friday is the biggest game of the regular season for the Celtics — well, maybe not their fans, they want to beat the Lakers more than anything — if they beat the 76ers they take over first place in the Atlantic Division. Which means a jump from the seven seed (Miami in the first round of the playoffs) to the four seed (hello Indiana).

But they will be doing it without Ray Allen, who is a surprise scratch, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. Six games ago Allen tweaked his ankle when he slipped on a wet spot on the floor against the Clippers. He has played through it up to this point, but the Celtics are on the second night of a back-to-back against the Sixers and while Doc Rivers wants to win this game he has to think long term.  Which is the prudent thing to do.

Mickael Pietrus will get the start in his absence.

  1. bozosforall - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Old creaky joints just get older and creakier. Allen is a one-dimensional player on a team full of old bodies (excepting Rondo, who is a head case). Celtics are going nowhere fast.

    • andyhr17 - Mar 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      Do you honestly have nothing better to do than be the first person to post something negative and foolish about anything relating to the Celtics or any team you dislike? You must be a very miserable person.

      • bozosforall - Mar 24, 2012 at 9:24 PM

        You mean like Bostonians have been bashing the Lakers for the last 20 years? Cry me a river, loser.

  2. dashortstop517 - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    CRAP!!!!

  3. losangelasbasketball - Mar 24, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    ray is the only non-kook in boston
    cold blooded blue collar player…respect.

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