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Allen may be in his final days as a Celtic.
Two months ago, this space would have been reserved for Kevin Garnett and Allen would have been nowhere to be found. But the results since the All-Star break have changed things in a major way.
While KG has found the fountain of youth and is playing vintage, inspired ball in leading the C's (along with Pierce and Rondo) back into the land of title contenders, Allen has struggled with his shot, missed games with injured ankles and found himself coming off the bench in favor of Bradley.
Rivers stayed with Bradley's hot hand when Allen returned from a six-game absence earlier this month thanks to Bradley's excellent defense and the Celts winning five in a row without their sharpshooter. Allen still got plenty of minutes off the bench, but was clearly making a sacrifice.
Now, Ray is out again, set to miss his second straight game tonight in Toronto. Whether or not he comes back at full strength for the C's this season, the writing is on the wall.
Maybe he'll want to come back for one more go with KG, Pierce, Rondo and Rivers, at a salary inferior to the $10 million guaranteed he's made in each of the past two years.
Or maybe he'll be better served with a team in need of a Hall of Fame-caliber perimeter shooter like Miami or the Clippers next season. Those two teams would seem to be closer to a potential title in 2012-2013 than the Celtics.
It seemed a no-brainer for a good stretch that the C's would entice Ray to come back for at least one more go-around. Now, thanks to the circumstances of the past two months, that possibility appears to be a long shot.