It now becomes a question of whether Allen’s swelling returns at some points today or tomorrow.
I am not at all a religious man, but prayers very well could be on the agenda tonight.
“Ray Allen, whose jump shot art in heaven, hallowed be thy perfect form. Thy playoffs come, thy will be done in Boston as it was in 2008. Give us this win our daily bread and forgive us, Ray, for trading you and then un-trading you earlier this season. And lead us not into the ugly spiral of bad news which Shaq led us into last season, but deliver us from 3 for 25 three-point shooting. For the kingdom, the power and the sixth man position are yours, now and forever.