Friday, May 11, 2012
Allen's ankle 'bothered' him in Game 6
By Chris Forsberg
Babineau/NBAE/Getty ImagesBOSTON -- Celtics reserve shooting guard Ray Allen said his ailing right ankle hindered him more than usual during Boston's Game 6 triumph over the Atlanta Hawks and admitted his availability is day-to-day moving forward into the next round.
Ray Allen is still dealing with lingering pain in his sore right ankle.
Allen missed six of the seven shots he took in Thursday's game, chipping in 7 points and 5 rebounds over 26:29 in Boston's 83-80 triumph that ended the Hawks' season. Boston opens a conference semifinal series with the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night with Game 1 at TD Garden.
"(The ankle) bothered more tonight than it had the previous couple games," said Allen. "I didn’t have the confidence on it. Right now, it bothers me, but I have a day (Friday) to deal with it."
Might Allen miss a game if the pain lingers?
"I never rule myself out," he said. "I think it’s a day-to-day situation for me."
Allen previously noted, "Today wasn’t a great day. I struggled with (the ankle). (Wednesday) was a transition day, but coming in (Thursday), it was a little tougher. I just worked through it."
Maybe the most surefire sign that Allen simply isn't feeling right: He missed a pair of free throws during Thursday's game.
"I won’t say (the injury) affects my free throw shooting," said Allen. "I think it just affects your whole confidence on the floor -- running around, moving around, not having your leg underneath you."
Allen said his rhythm "felt a little suspect. I’m still working on it. Every day is a new day. I always love the challenge."