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Ray Allen admits he has bone spurs in troublesome ankle

Apr 24, 2012, 8:56 AM EDT

Ray Allen, Nick Young AP

Ray Allen has missed 13 games with a sore ankle and now his availability for the playoffs starting this weekend is coming into question.

Allen admitted Monday that he is battling bone spurs in his ankle, which is adding to the problem, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at

“The other day when it swelled,” Allen said, “they say they could be the size of a grain of sand but they’re not supposed to be in there so as they swell, they move around and as the swelling goes down, they rest.”

Bone spurs are small, pointed outgrowths of bone that occur where there has been a lot of wear and tear on a body. Say, hypothetically, the ankles of a veteran professional basketball player.

If the inflammation goes down Allen could get back on the court, maybe as early as Thursday in the Celtics final regular season game. Allen will not play Tuesday.

The Celtics will take on the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the playoffs, starting this weekend. The schedule of games has not yet been set by the league, in part because home court between the two teams is not decided. While the Celtics are the four seed by virtue of winning the Atlantic division, that does not guarantee them home court. Currently the Hawks have a one game lead over the Celtics.

  1. bozosforall - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    The Celtics aren’t winning anything this season…and not for a long time afterwards either.

    • jesweeney11 - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      What does your commentary have to do with his Bone Spurs. Ahh, just a bozo comment for all to read. I get it, ha…

      • bozosforall - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:09 PM

        My commentary has to do with the fact that, Allen or no Allen, it won’t make a difference. The Celtics aren’t winning anything. Sorry loser Boston fans.

  2. andyhr17 - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Going by the fact that on every Celtics post you are the first one to post a comment every time (and usually the same exact comment), you must live a sad, lonely, pathetic life. Keep sitting on your computer on PBT hitting that F5 key. Productive day.

    • doctorhoops - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      Please go easy on Mr. Bozo. His comments are a pathology, kind of like the drooling of Pavlov’s dog whenever it heard the bell. It is a conditioned response to some kind of trauma he sustained many years ago, possibly when the Celtics defeated his beloved team…

      • bozosforall - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:58 PM

        More like, the responses that I elicit every time I poke your little cages with a stick is the Pavlovian response, dumpsterscoops. And as far as the Celtics “defeating my beloved team”, the modern era totals are 10 to 4 in NBA titles, in my team’s favor. So, no trauma to be had here. If you really want to see trauma, try looking at the comparisons between the Boston area’s baseball team and that of their biggest rival. A nearly 4 to 1 disparity between the two, whether you look at it from an overall standpoint or from the beginning of free agency…the real trauma exists within the New England fan base. 86 years of no titles will do that to a fan base, especially one as sensitive as the New England crybabies.

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