MIAMI — Ray Allen turned in another poor shooting game in what has become the norm for him this postseason, going 1 for 7 from the field in the Celtics’ 93-79 loss in Game 1 vs. the Heat. The abnormality for Allen? Missing four of the seven free throws he took.
Allen said the bone spurs in his ankle are affecting his attempts at the line.
“I’m just trying to find my balance,” said Allen. “I feel good over it, I’m just not in a great rhythm right now. I just know I don’t have good timing right now. The shot feels fine. If it’s short, I know that I do have less lift on it.”
Allen has alternated between saying he feels fine and doesn’t feel so good this postseason. Monday night was one of the nights where Allen said his health was really bothering him.
“I just take it day by day, trying to figure out what I’m dealing with,” said Allen. “I do have restrictions. That’s why we have a great team here, why we have each other.
“I believe you guys know what I’m dealing with. It’s nothing really to talk about. It’s like a battle within myself, I have to try to win. … When the season’s over with, I’ll have to deal with what I have to deal with myself personally. Right now, it’s the playoffs and you play.”