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Allen clearly relieved -- and reloaded

Updated: February 20, 2010, 12:28 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

After Celtics guard Ray Allen scored a game-high 24 points in Thursday's win over the Lakers, coach Doc Rivers jokingly acknowledged that the NBA trade deadline passing must have had an effect on the veteran sharpshooter, who had struggled throughout the 2009-10 season.

"I think we should threaten to trade him all the time and then pull him back because he was phenomenal [Thursday]," quipped Rivers after the Lakers game.

But as much as Allen downplayed the significance of no longer ...

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