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Allen practices, says he is improving

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  September 30, 2009 03:26 PM

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NEWPORT, R.I. -- A day after Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he wouldn't practice Tony Allen unless he was 100 percent, Allen was on the practice court at Salve Regina University and said he is progressing from right ankle surgery in June. Allen was limited to 46 games last season because of a sprained ankle and torn thumb ligament and his minutes could be reduced if he is not completely healty.

The Celtics acquired Marquis Daniels to fill both guard positions.

"My foot is all right, it’s cool. It’s day-to-day I feel," Allen said after practice. " Some days are better than others. All I gotta work on right now is my confidence. I gotta get healthy man, that’s all I am focused on. I ain’t focused on nothing else. I ain’t focused on nothing but that and what I can do to help the team. That’s all I am focused on right now."

When the media was allowed to see the final 10 minutes of practice, Allen was running the floor and participating in drills. Afterwards, he iced both knees and his right ankle.

"Yeah it’s a lingering injury I had with my foot," he said. "We took care of that with a surgery and now I’m feeling better and better each day but some days are better than others."

When asked what would be the first sign of full health, he said: "Whenever I dunk on Kendrick Perkins. If I can catch him on a lob or something, then I know I am back 100 percent. But I felt good today."

Allen has sort of been the forgotten man in Celtics training camp. He will likely have to prove he's capable of major minutes off the bench with the presence of Daniels. His role is undefined.

"If I gotta sit up here and pass out Gatorade and towels to get another championship, that’s what I will do," he said. "There are guys on our team that don’t have rings like Shelden Williams and Marquis Daniels and that’s what we need to do. Focus on getting another championship. If I say anything different it will blow up. I am willing to do anything it takes to get the title."

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