My Shaq senses are still tingling, but Ray Allen reportedly “feels good today” and “sounds cautiously optimistic” about his status for tonight’s playoff opener against the Atlanta Hawks. Doc Rivers called his famous shooting guard — no, not Sasha Pavlovic — “50-50″ and a game-time decision.
From where I’m sitting hundreds of miles away from Atlanta without anything remotely resembling an M.D., Allen will need to play through pain if and when he returns — it’s just a question of whether the Celtics training staff can help control his swelling to the point where Allen’s pain levels are manageable. In my mind, his decision to play or not to play boils down to this: If his swollen ankle looks like a softball after his pregame workout, he won’t play. If his ankle looks more like a golf ball, he might. And if his ankle looks like this, he should Instagram that shit and let us all appreciate its grossness.
We’re now eight hours away from tip-off. If you’re in the Waltham area and hear someone screaming like he just listened to the Braveheart speech and now wants to go tear off some English heads, I truly apologize.