- Chris Forsberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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MIAMI -- Celtics guard Ray Allen was already on the floor going through a shooting routine when coach Doc Rivers and the rest of his teammates arrived for shootaround Wednesday morning at AmericanAirlines Arena. Spotting Allen at the other end of the floor, Rivers cracked, "I've been looking for Ray all morning!"
In an effort to maximize Allen's on-court production, the Celtics had previously limited his off-day (and even day-of-game) activity. But one day after debating whether to potentially sit Allen in Game 2, the Celtics essentially went in the complete opposite direction and told Allen to go back to his shot-heavy routine in hopes of sparking his offense.
"That's Ray," Rivers said when asked about Allen's early arrival. "Someone said, 'Should you go another way?' and I said, 'No, you want to give Ray a chance, every game, because you know he's going to do everything it requires.' He's going to give himself a chance and you know that. Ray is a tough, determined individual. He's Ray Allen, because that's what he does. He'll come early and do the same shooting. Ray wants to play well, and he's not going to let injury or anything else be a reason why he doesn't.
"Like I said yesterday, we don't know what the right prescription is for him. We tried it the other way, we told him, 'Don't shoot, don't do anything.' Well, that didn't help him because he's a great shooter. So we told him, 'Just do your routine, and if you feel great, great; if you don't, then we'll do something else.' "
Allen had a quick response when asked his reaction when Rivers broached the idea of sitting a game.
"Hell, no," he said. "This is not the time to sit down."
Allen, who had been complaining about being forced to shut down his workout regimen in hopes of letting the bone spurs in his right ankle calm down, said he was eager to push himself Wednesday and see how his body responds. He knows the injury is affecting his shot and is getting a little tired of armchair quarterbacks offering him advice.
"So many people call and tell me, 'You gotta get the ball in the air more.' I'm like, 'Thank you for the advice. I've only been doing this for 20 years,' " said Allen. "I know how it affects me. So I'm just working on getting that back, and making sure I keep the ball in the air."