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Saturday, May 12, 2012
Pregame: Allen, Pierce ready for Game 1

By Chris Forsberg



BOSTON -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Ray Allen (right ankle bone spurs) did not participate in the heavy portions of the team's offday practice and this morning's shootaround, but he felt good enough after going through his pregame routine that he'll be available off the bench in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Celtics will also have Avery Bradley (sore left rotator cuff) and Paul Pierce (left MCL sprain) in the starting lineup.

"Everybody’s good," said Rivers. "Ray’s doing alright. He didn’t practice yesterday or go through shootaround today; Felt better this afternoon."

Said Allen: "I got my normal shots off (hours before tip-off at the Garden), I worked through everything, and I didn't have the same, jabbing sensation that I had (Friday) and the day before... It can be frustrating at times. You just have to give your body the time it needs to heal. It's really like any other preparation that you go through."

As for Pierce, Rivers said the captain offered an encouraging progress report, but knows it's going to take a lot to keep these guys off the floor at this point.

"(Pierce) told me he felt a little better, so that’s good," said Rivers. "Listen, they know what the situations is, and they just want to play. We need them, obviously, so that’s good.