Found May 04, 2012 on TheProBasketballTalk:
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 as both teams traded punches and fought hard.  The box scores in this game were identical.  It was only a matter of time before we saw overtime action between these two clubs, as Pierce had a chance to win in regulation but back rimmed the game winner. Ray Allen returned in this game with perfect timing because Avery Bradley ended up leaving the game with a shoulder injury.  Allen chipped in 12 points off the bench providing that scoring option the second unit needed.  Uncharacteristically missed two free throws and missed all four three pointers. The Celtics needed this win because it will...

Ray Allen, Josh Smith in; Avery Bradley a game-time decision

Ray Allen will play in Game 4. So will Josh Smith, assuming he does not fall down an escalator at some point prior to tip-off. Avery Bradley has joined the ranks of the “game-time decisions” with his shoulder injury suffered in Game 3.According to Greg Payne of ESPN Boston, “Bradley and Allen participated in the entirety of Sunday’s hour-long session, along with the rest...

A critic comes to accept Rajon Rondo

The following is a piece by Henry Schwann The Celtics weren’t the only ones who were exhausted after Friday night’s overtime win over the Hawks. I was totally zapped of all energy after watching Rajon Rondo’s brilliant yet frustrating triple-double. Just like the Celtics, I took Saturday off. I needed to clear my head because watching Rondo gets me so high one minute and...

Smith is out, Ray Allen moving well

Twitter / @GlobeGaryDzen: Josh Smith out tonight. Ex ... via kwout It's official.  Josh Smith is out. Ray Allen has gone through warm ups... completed his entire routine... and he's getting dressed. Stay tuned.

Ray Allen Showing No Signs Of Rust With Strong First Half Against Hawks

Ray Allen quickly put to rest any doubts about his ability to be effective. Despite missing over three weeks with a right ankle injury, Allen entered at the 4:40 mark in the first quarter against Atlanta and quickly got to work, making two jump shots in the opening period. Prior to the game, Doc Rivers noted that Friday night's game would Allen's first time playing full court...

Should we be excited that Ray Allen is excited?

Not sure what this means. One day we hear that Ray's ankle is feeling good, the next day we hear it's locked up. I've almost resigned myself to the fact that Ray won't play in the playoffs. 

Celtics' Allen expected to play in Game 3 vs Hawks

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...

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...

Allen Returns For Game 3, Scores 13 Points

Ray Allen returned for Game 3 after missing almost a month due to an ankle injury.

Avery Bradley, Ray Allen will play tonight

Twitter / @SherrodbCSN: #CelticsTalk: #Celtics Ave ... via kwout We'll have to see how the shoulder injury affects his game, but Avery Bradley will give it a go tonight.  Though he'll be limited.  Ray Allen is also in, which is a nice surprise because I would have bet he'd be out after playing 37 minutes in Game 3. Josh Smith...

Celtics survive overtime thriller with 90-84 victory over the Atlanta Hawks

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 as both teams...

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 [...]

Recap: Celtics crush the Hawks spirit

Now that was fun. The Celtics demolished the Hawks for 48 minutes tonight and took a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. I don't know where to begin. The Celtics dominated from the start. The lead was 13 after one, 23 at the half and 37 in the 3rd quarter. They dominated every phase of the game. Rajon Rondo (20 points, 8-11 FG, 16 assists, 3 steals, 1 TO) and Paul Pierce...

Recap: Wretched Celtics edge horrible Hawks in OT

In what may have been the worst playoff game in league history, the Celtics beat the Hawks 90-84 in overtime. The C's have won ugly all season long. But nothing, I repeat, nothing compared to this game. We were treated to spectacularly bad turnovers and horrific defensive lapses, the likes of which haven't been seen since the mid 2000s. Rajon Rondo (17 points, 14 rebounds...

Celtics Live Blog: Paul Pierce, C's Return Home Hoping to Take Series Lead Over Hawks in Game 3

8 a.m.: Rajon Rondo will be back in uniform, looking to dish the Celtics into the lead in their best-of-seven first-round series. Rondo returns to the team after serving a one-game suspension in Game 2, when Paul Pierce went off for 36 points to even the Eastern Conference playoff series against the Hawks at 1-1. Ray Allen is still no more than a game-time decision, and the Hawks...

A slow day in Boston sports

With both the Red Sox and Celtics off on Thursday, and the Bruins and Patriots in their off-season it was a relatively slow day in sports, especially for Boston standards. Cam Neely and the Jacobs’ did address the Bruins media to discuss the future plans for the team and look back at the 2011-2012 season. The Celtics are back in action tonight as they host the Hawks for an important...
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