Saturday, May 12, 2012
'Everybody's good' for Celtics
By Chris Forsberg ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Ray Allen (right ankle bone spurs) did not participate in the heavy portions of the team's off-day practice and Saturday morning's shootaround, but he felt good enough after going through his pregame routine to be available off the bench in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Philadelphia 76ers.
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The Celtics also had Avery Bradley (sore left rotator cuff) and Paul Pierce (left MCL sprain) in the starting lineup.
"Everybody's good," Rivers said before Saturday's game. "Ray's doing all right. He didn't practice (Friday) or go through shootaround today; felt better this afternoon."
Allen scored 12 points in 33 minutes of action as the Celtics earned a 92-91 Game 1 win over the 76ers.
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 before the Game 1 victory. "Listen, they know what the situations is, and they just want to play. We need them, obviously, so that's good."
Pierce was feeling so good he played a team-high 40 minutes and finished with 14 points, six rebounds and six assists.