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Doc Rivers considering sitting Ray Allen to rest ankle

May 29, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

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It’s not fun to watch.

Ray Allen is one of the best pure shooters the game has ever seen, but trying to play through bone spurs in his ankle that likely needs surgery has left his flawless mechanics off balance. He was 1-7 in Game 1 and Boston needs him (or someone) to knock down those open looks.

Doc Rivers is considering some radical options to deal with Allen’s woes, which have him shooting just 39 percent for the playoffs. Via ESPNBoston.com.

“It’s a tough call with him,” Rivers said Tuesday afternoon. “We’re trying to figure out a different minute rotation for him, maybe that will help him. We’re even considering sitting him for a game, getting him a longer rest and then playing him, and then sitting him for a game. We don’t know what the right thing is.”

The problem is the right thing is surgery and recovery, or at least months off.

Which Boston may have really soon if they don’t get more shots to fall soon.

  1. scalfor3 - May 29, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    it was sad watching him shoot last night. you know he’s really hurting if pietrus is probably an upgrade right now

    • 808raiderinparadise - May 29, 2012 at 7:59 PM

      Sad, dislike the Celtics but Ray Allen is a true genuine great player/guy HOFer.

      Garnett is as classless as any NBA player in league history.

      Ronda is a punk, why doesn’t the blame go on Rondo for being a PG that can’t shoot?’
      Paul Pierce is a champion, but he old and doesnlt attack like he used to,

      Heat are going to sweep em.

  2. truthhurtstoo - May 29, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    The Celts are overmatched by a better younger team. Bodies are breaking down in front of our eyes.

  3. knightrider1755 - May 29, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    It’s best to let Ray sit this one out. Playing against a rejuvenated and focused Batman and Robin is not going to help him or the Celtics in this series. The dynamic duo are on a roll and are going to steam roll their way to the Finals. The Spurs and Heat will be a helluva matchup.

  4. packhawk04 - May 29, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Heat sweep celtics, spurs sweep heat.

  5. lakerluver - May 29, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Larry Legend, Parrish, and McHale ain’t walking through the door.

    • rushbacker - May 29, 2012 at 7:30 PM

      Neither is 26-year-old Kobe Bryant, so don’t gloat too much, chump.

      • bozosforall - May 30, 2012 at 1:38 PM

        Kobe still can bring it…unlike the three old farts that lakerluver cited.

      • bozosforall - May 30, 2012 at 1:41 PM

        As a matter of fact, the current Kobe has a higher scoring average than the 26-year-old Kobe, with a higher FT % and virtually the same shooting %. So much for you knowing anything about basketball, rushslurper.

  6. duane888 - May 29, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Get him a wheelchair. It’s “ovah !!”

  7. packfaninvikeland - May 29, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Its not a “tough call” Allen has become more of a liability then anything right now.Which sucks he is easily my top 3 favorite NBA player ever. I love calling him Ray Allen “The 3-point Assassin”, that ankle is just not right, bottom line. Injuries are catching up the the C’s.

  8. turnmymicup - May 29, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    It really doesn’t matter if they sit him at this point. Miami isn’t going to tone down the defensive intensity either way. Ray Allen is dealing with some injuries that aren’t going away over night. The Heat should keep the pressure on Allen and we will be fine. Go Heat!

  9. jh4prez - May 29, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Pietrus is their best bet to start at the 2 spot.game two is going to be nuts #allhailtheking!

  10. koloofai - May 30, 2012 at 6:34 AM

    Perhaps the last games ever of the Celtics Big three… At least they got one ring together

    • bozosforall - May 30, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      One measly ring for a BOUGHT team. What a joke the Celtics organization is. Needed a sellout of the TWolves by McHale to even give them that one ring.

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