Celtics guard Ray Allen will miss the next two games due to a sore right ankle.
The ankle flared up at the end of an eight-game road trip, forcing him to sit out Friday’s game in Philadelphia. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he underwent an MRI Saturday, which was negative, but Allen will also miss Sunday’s visit from Washington and Monday’s trip to Charlotte.
Allen was originally pegged as a starter on the lineup card turned in before the game, but appears to be a late scratch. That seems to suggest the injury is truly a day-to-day situation, but by giving him this back-to-back off, the team can rest him until Wednesday’s visit from Utah (allowing him six days off since his last activity Thursday in Milwaukee).
Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Mickael Pietrus is not ready yet to take the concussion tests that would allow him to return to action, but said he talked with the guard after his injury scare in Philadelphia and playfully noted he sounds in good health.
Rivers said all the initial medical testing confirmed that Pietrus simply suffered a concussion after spilling hard to the floor Friday in Philadelphia and said the team will exercise caution with bringing him back.
“He’s not even ready to take a [concussion] test yet,” said Rivers. “They do the baseline test — the same thing the NFL [does] — they do the test before the year now — it’s the first year we’ve ever done that — but he’s not even ready to take the test. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.”
And as long as the two are out, Avery Bradley will continue to outscore entire NBA teams during the first quarter, average 23 points per game and cause opposing guards to run screaming in the opposite direction with trickles of urine dripping down their legs.