BOSTON — Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Ray Allen (right ankle bone spurs) did not participate in the heavy portions of the team’s off-day practice and Saturday morning’s shootaround, but he felt good enough after going through his pregame routine to be available off the bench in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Philadelphia 76ers.
“Everybody’s good,” Rivers said before Saturday’s game. “Ray’s doing all right. he didn’t practice (Friday) or go through shootaround today; felt better this afternoon.”
Allen scored 12 points in 33 minutes of action as the Celtics earned a 92-91 Game 1 win over the 76ers.
As for Pierce, Rivers said the captain offered an encouraging progress report, but knows it’s going to take a lot to keep these guys off the floor at this point.
“(Pierce) told me he felt a little better, so that’s good,” said Rivers before the Game 1 victory. “Listen, they know what the situations is, and they just want to play. we need them, obviously, so that’s good.”
Pierce was feeling so good he played a team-high 40 minutes and finished with 14 points, six rebounds and six assists.