LOS ANGELES — The most pressing concern for Doc Rivers wasn’t Blake Griffin’s putback dunk with 59.1 seconds left in the game to cut the Celtics’ lead to 87-84. It was that Ray Allen sustained a non-contact injury to his left foot and was being helped off the court by head trainer Ed Lacerte.
After it appeared Allen sustained a serious injury, he returned to the court in the final seconds, telling coach Doc Rivers he was able to re-enter the game. Allen was held out, but his good fortune was a relief for this injury plagued team. The Celtics’ prevailed last night 94-85 at Staples Center.
“I think I hit a wet spot or something but I slid and when I slid, my ankle just turned over,” he said. “I had the wherewithal to fall and take the pressure off of it. I still felt it and it was a sharp pain to the back (of the foot). Once I got back (to the locker room), I started putting pressure on it and it eased up. I feel a little better. I’m sure I’ll be sure.”
Said coach Doc Rivers: “I did not see what happened. I just turned around and saw him down with no one around him. The first thing you worry about is something on his body gave out but then it turned out that someone had pushed him and he twisted his ankle. But it was good to see him back and walk out onto the court.”