Allen Misses Game with Sore Right Ankle


Ray Allen has been questioned recently about his career-low shooting numbers. Maybe a sore right ankle that he has kept quiet about has something to do with it.

The Celtics guard missed his first game of the season last night against the Bucks with an ankle injury suffered Nov. 24 at Charlotte. He is expected to test his ankle at practice today and it's uncertain if he will play tomorrow afternoon at Toronto. While with Seattle, Allen missed nine games last season with a right foot injury.

"I don't want to take a chance," coach Doc Rivers said before the Celtics' 104-82 victory over Milwaukee. "He wants to play. We have a lot of games left.

"My recommendation was to sit him [last night] and maybe even [tomorrow]. And then we have two days off after that and we'll go from there."

Tony Allen made his first start of the season in Ray Allen's place and scored 11 points. Ray Allen is averaging 19.2 points on career lows of a .408 shooting percentage from the field and a .353 percentage from 3-point range.

"Let's get rid of it," said Rivers about Ray Allen's injury. "Because when you keep playing on it, that's when it does get bad."

Also, center Scot Pollard missed his second straight game with a back injury and isn't expected to play tomorrow.

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