As a result of painful bone spurs in his ankles, Allen has been limited for the Celtics this postseason. Doc Rivers called it "painful to watch" and debated sitting Allen for a game in their Eastern Conference finals series against the Miami Heat to see if rest would alleviate the pain that the injury has caused.
With Game 2 tipping off in Miami in just a few hours, Allen is expected to be in uniform. He also went through his regular pregame routine in Miami today.
In an effort to maximize Allen's on-court production, the Celtics had previously limited his off-day (and even day-of-game) activity. But one day after debating whether to potentially sit Allen in Game 2, the Celtics essentially went in the complete opposite direction and told Allen to go back to his shot-heavy routine in hopes of sparking his offense.
"That's Ray," Rivers said when asked about Allen's early arrival. "Someone said, 'Should you go another way?' and I said, 'No, you want to give Ray a chance, every game, because you know he's going to do everything it requires.' He's going to give himself a chance and you know that. Ray is a tough, determined individual. He's Ray Allen, because that's what he does. He'll come early and do the same shooting. Ray wants to play well, and he's not going to let injury or anything else be a reason why he doesn't.
It's no surprise that Rivers is choosing to allow his player to make the call. Allen is a veteran, he knows his body and takes care of his body. It's funny, though, that so many others think they can help Allen by providing their advice to the sharpshooter.
Struggling through the pain of the bone spurs, Allen's shot has been off. Naturally, everyone thinks they have the solution for one of the greatest shooters in NBA history. Allen isn't down for the advice, though.
Via ESPN Boston:
"So many people call and tell me, 'You gotta get the ball in the air more.' I'm like, 'Thank you for the advice. I've only been doing this for 20 years,' " said Allen.
Okay, so he's been doing it professionally for 16 years, but still. He's right. If there is one player in the league who does not need advice on how to shoot the basketball, it's Allen. Let the man breathe. And shoot. And then breathe again. If his coach and teammates can leave him alone and let him try to find his groove, everyone else needs to follow suit.