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Ray Allen will not play today against the Miami Heat. Thanks to a sore right ankle, Allen will be missing his sixth consecutive game. Allen has been testing the ankle at shootarounds but it has not progressed enough for him to participate in a game.
Asked if Allen could hypothetically play if this was a playoff game, Doc Rivers said that the shooting guard “literally can’t play.”
With Allen out, Avery Bradley will get his fifth consecutive start at shooting guard. He has played extremely well during this stretch and, as Rivers says, has “established himself” in the league and on this team.
Bradley will have the task of defending one of the best scorers in the league today in Dwyane Wade. It certainly won’t be an easy task, but if anyone can step up to a challenge at the defensive end of the floor, it’s Bradley.
In other news, Mickael Pietrus has finally returned to TD Garden and is seeing his teammates and coaches for the first time since his injury on March 23. He’s only expected to be at the arena for a short period of time this afternoon before heading home to rest.
Rivers said that Pietrus sustained a third-degree concussion and that he’s still extremely sensitive to light. Pietrus is currently wearing sunglasses at all times, and he’s not expected to return to the court any time soon.
“He’s going to be out a while,” said Rivers.
- Marc D'Amico