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Allen: Back in Nov.

Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  July 3, 2007 01:21 PM

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Celtics guard Tony Allen said today he'll be back in November from the torn ACL in his left knee he suffered last season, but was non-committal about being ready for the start of the season. "For sure I know I'll be back in November," said Allen, when asked if he would be ready for the start of the season.

Last season the Celtics played their first game on Nov. 1. Pre-season games were played in October.

Allen injured the knee on a freak play during the third quarter of a 97-84 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 10. After the whistle, Allen went up for a dunk. He missed the superfluous slam and landed awkwardly, injuring the knee. He had surgery three days later.

Allen, who said he has yet to meet new teammate Ray Allen, was upbeat about his progress.

"It's coming along great," said Allen. "I'm running. I'm shooting jump shots, but I'm just taking it easy because some days it feels good and some days it feels bad. [There are] ups and downs. But for the most part I feel comfortable about getting back to where I need to be."

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