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Ray Allen will play tonight vs. Knicks

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  April 17, 2012 11:43 AM

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NEW YORK -- Ray Allen will return to the court tonight against the New York Knicks after missing the past four games with a sore right ankle. Allen said before the team's shootaround at Madison Square Garden this morning that he will have to carefully monitor the progress of his surgically repaired ankle.

Allen will come off the bench as he had before the injury, and his return gives Celtics coach Doc Rivers more options with a healthy Mickael Pietrus back and Avery Bradley as the starting shooting guard.

Ankle problems have caused Allen to miss 15 games this season, but Allen said an MRI showed no structural damage, only swelling.

"It just swelled on me after the Miami game, and that next day it just blew up; ain't no rhyme or reason," Allen said. "I have to pay more attention to it. I can't go off into the world thinking everything is hunky dory. I have to stay on top of it. With the schedule, I have to attack it with more vengeance and not just let it go. Now it's just making sure I take every precaution moving forward."

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