|Posted on May 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM|
We don't know how long Ray will be able to play this post season. He's dealing with bone spurs, and he will need surgery at the end of the season. Right now Allen is playing, but he's still working on a game-by-game basis.Ray has been calm, and combative with his ankle. No one has been his enemy except for the ankle. My theory has changed about Ray. Before the playoffs started, and when Ray was very doubtful to even play a game in the playoffs. I thought the Celtics would have been just fine without Ray. But after the first two games of the Hawks series. It was obvious that the Celtics needed a punch off the bench, and Pietrus has yet to provide much scoring for the Celtics in his role on the bench. s
As for Bradley, he's bothered by a dislocated shoulder, and his play has been average at best. Bradley has started the games, but Allen has ended the game for the C's. I still feel strong about Bradley moving forward, but in the back of mind their is a little voice that tells me Bradley might not be ready for the playoffs. But what I still see confidence in Bradley, and that squashes the voice about Bradley. One thing that has been alarming to me about Ray,and it's his foul shooting. Allen went into last night's game 4-of-8 from the foul line, and last night he missed a big time free throw, and he ended the game 4-of-6 from the charity stripe. Something still seems off with Ray, and I think he'll be going through so much pain in the playoffs.
"(The ankle) bothered more tonight than it had the previous couple games," said Allen. "I didn’t have the confidence on it. Right now, it bothers me, but I have a day (Friday) to deal with it."
Might Allen miss a game if the pain lingers?
"I never rule myself out," he said. "I think it’s a day-to-day situation for me."
Allen previously noted, "Today wasn’t a great day. I struggled with (the ankle). (Wednesday) was a transition day, but coming in (Thursday), it was a little tougher. I just worked through it."
Maybe the most surefire sign that Allen simply isn't feeling right: He missed a pair of free throws during Thursday's game.
"I won’t say (the injury) affects my free throw shooting," said Allen. "I think it just affects your whole confidence on the floor -- running around, moving around, not having your leg underneath you."
Allen said his rhythm "felt a little suspect. I’m still working on it. Every day is a new day. I always love the challenge."
Ray is logging 28 minutes off the bench, and I wouldn't mind that number to go around 20-24 minutes. Pietrus hasn't performed well so far on the offensive end, but let's face it. The Celtics need to find away to get him going. I have come to the conclusion that I must take one game at a time as a fan, and I know the players feel that way. Because Ray is bothered, and I think we need Ray more than we thought going into the playoffs. The team as a whole is dealing with many injuries.