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Celtics G Allen out sick Wednesday night

January 4, 2012
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BOSTON—Celtics guard Ray Allen missed Wednesday night's game against the New Jersey Nets because of an illness.

Boston coach Doc Rivers said the 36-year old Allen skipped the team's shootaround earlier in the day and was told to say home because he wasn't feeling well.

"He's human," Rivers said. "We told him not to come. This morning he tried to come to shootaround."

Allen led the team with 27 points -- 11 in the final quarter -- in Monday's win over Washington.

After the game, Allen talked about how a cold bothered him before the game and again when he was talking to the media.

Rivers had joked that Allen was "Marathon Man" because of the guard's conditioning and his ability to run as much as he does during games, coming around screens to get open jump shots.

"He just kept going. I would never want to guard that guy," Rivers said after the win against Washington. "You can't imagine how many miles Nick Young had to go chasing him."

Boston forward/center Jermaine O'Neal, who missed Monday's game with a tight left hamstring, was back in the starting lineup.

Keyon Dooling started in Allen's spot Wednesday.

The Nets were also short-handed. Deron Williams missed the game with a sore right ankle, Kris Humphries with a sore left shoulder and Brook Lopez with a broken right foot.

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