Posted May 04, 2012 on AP on Fox
Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen is expected to return for Game 3 of their first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks. Boston coach Doc Rivers made the announcement about an hour before tip-off Friday night. Rivers said Allen, who has not played since April 10 because of bone spurs in his right ankle, told the team he was ready after the morning shootaround. The series is tied 1-1 with the next two games in Boston. Atlanta will be without leading scorer Josh Smith, who will be sidelined with a sprained left knee he suffered in Game 2.

Signs pointing to Ray Allen returning tonight

#CelticsTalk: Still no official word on #Celtics Ray Allen, but he did more during his pre-game workout than he has since the injury.— A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) May 4, 2012 Ray Allen went through warm ups, but reports are that Ray went through his normal pre-game routine. Something he hasn't done since being injured. Stay with CelticsLife for more updates on Ray's status!

Ray Allen gives Celtics a boost in return by playing a lot like Ray Allen

The Boston Celtics took their sweet time to bring playoff intensity to the TD Garden Friday night, so when Ray Allen checked in to make his return with 4:39 left in the first quarter, he provided a restless crowd with its first real opportunity — after one slightly overzealous M-V-P chant for Paul Pierce — to work its collective lungs.The crowd rose to its feet and roared in...

Ray Allen back, Josh Smith out for Game 3

BOSTON — It seems like the Boston Celtics never enter a game with 15 available bodies. But with Ray Allen returning with “no restrictions” tonnight, Doc Rivers’ team is at full strength — at least for one night. Rivers cautioned that Allen could have to miss more time at a later date if his ankle [...]

Ray Allen WILL play tonight

Twitter / @SeanGrandePBP: The tweet you’ve been wait ... via kwout It's about time.  Ray will give it a go.  He'll be in his new role coming off the bench.  This will be fun.  And I know we've seen stuff like this before... but I like this one.  Thanks Zachary for the image.  This should get you pumped up for Game 3.  This is a...

Allen Closing in on Return?

Ray Allen firing a three in Game 5 of last year’s playoff loss to the Miami Heat.  The C’s are in dire need of his three-point abilities if they are to be efficient scoring in these playoffs.  According to, shooting guard Ray Allen practiced Thursday for the Boston Celtics and claimed he was feeling as good as he had in days.  Allen has been receiving cortisone...

Ray Allen 'Optimistic' About Ankle, Still No Change in Status Against Hawks

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Here is your obligatory update on Ray Allen's right ankle. Allen participated in practice Thursday with no complications and was "optimistic" about his chances to play in the Celtics' first-round playoff series, but neither Allen nor head coach Doc Rivers bothered to make any estimate on the odds he would play in Friday's Game 3 against the...

Video: Doc talks Ray Allen pregame

Your Morning Dump... The Hawks are swarming KG

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. “We’ve got to establish him more,’’ Rivers said of Garnett. “We’ve got to get bodies off him. They’re putting bodies on him, knocking him around, and we’ve got to do a better job as a staff...

Avery Bradley, Josh Smith in; Ray Allen back for second straight game

BOSTON — For the second straight game, all 15 Boston Celtics are available. The Celtics weren’t sure Avery Bradley (shoulder) would play until 65 minutes prior to tipoff, but team doctors who watched the guard shoot jump shots gave him the go-ahead. “He’s going to go. We’re just going to see how it feels and [...]

Doc Rivers Game 4 pregame interview

via Chris Forsberg

Celtics survive late scare against Hawks, take 2-1 series lead

Boston squeezed out a win in overtime over the Atlanta Hawks,  90-84.  This series has been one where the team that should have won has lost or nearly lost, with Boston taking game two without Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen while barely winning at full strength and Atlanta missing Joe Johnson. This whole series has been neck and neck.  Game three was no different...

Who Is the Most Indispensable Member of the Boston Celtics?

The Boston Celtics are in the midst of another playoff run, as the C's try to win their 18th banner in the esteemed history of the franchise. The Celtics are trying to win their second title with the same core group of players that won them No. 17. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo lead a Celtics team that defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in six games in 2008...

Fiddlin' & Diddlin' - Daily Links 5/4

Herald   Rondo: It feels like we’ve won the series; Allen: I’m in a good place right now Battling Rajon Rondo not apologetic Rajon Rondo, Josh Smith bring a close relationship to postseason series Mickael Pietrus shooting for bigger contribution Ray Allen optimistic about Game 3 Ryan Hollins at center of Doc’s attention Hawks looking for more scoring in Game 3 Shame...

Doc Rivers Working on Ways to Generate Better Looks for Cold-Shooting Celtics

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Keyon Dooling. Game 2. Third quarter. Six minutes, 35 seconds. Nine-point deficit, cut down to six points. Those were all the pertinent details of the Celtics' first made 3-pointer of their first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks. And the fact that I could recite those without having to look them up (trust me) reveals just how notable the moment was. The...

Paul Pierce Befuddles Coaches, Opponents With Sneaky Skills as Celtics Hope for Another Huge Performance

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Doc Rivers knows what Hawks coach Larry Drew is going through. After Paul Pierce exploded for 36 points and 14 rebounds in 44 grueling minutes in Game 2, Rivers had a good idea of how he would have reacted in his early days coaching against the Celtics. Rivers always seemed to be at a loss for how the stumbling, herky-jerky forward could take over games despite...
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