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Expect Ray Allen to play Wednesday night in Game 2

May 30, 2012, 8:04 AM EDT

Ray Allen AP

Doc Rivers may have thought about sitting Ray Allen, may have talked about it with the media, but you didn’t really expect it to happen, did you?

Officially the call will be made on game day, as Rivers told A. Sherrod Blakely of

Allen doesn’t want any part of that, he wants to play. As Tuesday afternoon turned to evening it seemed more clear he would get his chance. He just rested and rehabbed his ankle on the day off in hopes he can give a little more in Game 2. Look what he told

“My trainers and I discussed (taking a game off),” Allen conceded, “but I really, really do not want go that route. Just put me out there and let me do the best I can.”

Or, look at Rivers said later.

“Not yet,” Rivers told reporters later in the day when asked about a potential move. “We’re good. Ray is Ray, we’re going to just keep rolling him out there and see what we can get. When we feel like he can’t give it to us, we’ll go with someone else. But I think right now you have to give Ray a fighting chance.”

The real problem is Rivers doesn’t have someone else. Avery Bradley is out after surgery on both shoulders. There’s Marquis Daniels but he isn’t playing any better than even injured Allen and he can’t shoot the three ball. Personally, I’d give Keyon Dooling more run. Not that he’s the answer, but he’s the best of the bad choices Rivers has to make.

Maybe more Dooling rests Allen more and it helps. But the problem isn’t just Allen’s shooting (28 percent from three in the playoffs), it’s that the Heat are targeting him on defense. Allen can’t stay in front of Dwyane Wade or even Mario Chalmers at this point. He’s a liability.

But you can expect him to be out there in Game 2.

  1. fanz928 - May 30, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    Allen can still light it up

  2. canehouse - May 30, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    When Ray is struggling from the free throw line… he is not himself. This isn’t a mid-season game against the Pistons or the Nets… this is the ECF’s and this is the Miami HEAT! The C’s need Ray at 150% to compete with us!!!

    • southbeachtalent - May 30, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      Your right about the 150%, but I’ll take him at 60%.

      Have to get this win tonight and head over to beantown with a 2-0 lead.

  3. freudnumb - May 30, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Resurrection of Shuttlesworth?

  4. bozosforall - May 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Won’t matter either way. The Celtics aren’t winning a title this season…or anytime in the near future. Crybaby New England fans continue to whine about the refs.

    • andyhr17 - May 30, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      The Lakers aren’t winning a title this season….or anytime in the near future. Bitter Lakers fans will continue to focus their energy on posting on blogs how much they hate other teams.

      • bozosforall - May 30, 2012 at 1:36 PM

        The Lakers will win another title long before the Celtics will though…probably multiple titles before the Celtics even get another one of those one-and-dones like they did in 2007.

        Meanwhile, andyhr17 won’t be getting laid this year…or anytime in the near future. And if he ever does, it will be his first…due to the fact that he is a 40-year-old virgin who still lives in his mom’s basement.

      • andyhr17 - May 30, 2012 at 1:44 PM

        Thank you for proving my point.

    • doctorhoops - May 30, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      Illogic that you would expect from a guy with a red ball on his nose who spews personal insults and claims to know the future.

      Ray Allen is a great pro, will wind up in the Hall of Fame, and has a deserved championship ring. He is playing hurt but he will put it out there tonight … It would be bettert for the Celtics if he were healthy, but he is not.

      Father Time bats last, for everyone. Win lose or draw. But you bind up your wounds and play for as long as you can before than inevitable day when you cannot.

      And there is honor in that, more honor that someone who talks like they are working some Internet equivalent of a dunking booth will ever understand.

      • bozosforall - May 30, 2012 at 2:08 PM

        Still better than being an arrogant New England crybaby like you Boston fans are, particularly since your region produces the least amount of professional athletes per capita in the nation. Add to that the hypocrisy of any New Englander criticizing anyone else on the Internet, given the decades of abuse that you all heaped upon the Yankees and their fans.

        In short (what happens every time you are with your lover), doctorpoops, New England fans are the worst, particularly someone such as you.

      • pistolpeatear - May 30, 2012 at 2:24 PM

        i dont know which is more old and tired, the celtics or bozos comments

      • doctorhoops - May 30, 2012 at 4:57 PM

        And you, Flamey the Clown, are a sad, unhappy person … Not that it has anything to do with Ray Allen playing through injury.

    • j0esixpack - May 30, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      Our comic relief is back! This clown was in hiding while the Celts were winning in the last series.

      Now that he thinks it’s all over (and it may be given the Celts injuries) and his junior high exams are over, he’s back with his brand of adolescent insults and homophobic rants (and homoerotic imagery in which he likes to imagine Boston athletes as well as his fellow PBT memebers engaged in sex acts.)

      Looks like he’s changed his mind again, and is back on the Heat bandwagon as he previously backed off his prediction that the Heat would win the east “but that was before they lost Bosh”

      Keep it up clown. The Celtics might have little chance of beating the Heat given age and injury, but as long as you’re posting here, you’ll always make New England fans feel intellectually superior to you (not that it takes much.)!

      • bozosforall - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:31 AM

        In hiding? I’ve been here all along (but don’t let the New England tradition of revisionist history telling stop you).

        And as for feeling “intellectually superior”, New Englanders have been (wrongly so, I might add) been feeling that way about themselves over the rest of the country for as long as Europeans have occupied North America. And you chumps wonder why the other regions of America dislike you so (not that it takes much).

  5. rodge1 - May 30, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Allen should sit out, get surgery, and get ready to sign with Miami next year…

  6. acdc363 - May 30, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    I was already expecting Ray Ray to play.

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