With Avery Bradley out for the rest of the season as a result of an unfortunate injury, Ray Allen found himself back in the starting line-up at shooting guard.
The veteran struggled in the first game of the Celtics' series versus the Heat, generally unable to guard Dwyane Wade and missing free throws -- something you don't usually see from Ray Allen.
Part of this is because he has been banged up lately. Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers suggested that Allen had the option of sitting out Game 2, if he wanted to.
Allen said thanks, but no thanks.
"My trainers and I discussed (taking a game off)," Allen told Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston, "but I really, really do not want go that route. Just put me out there and let me do the best I can."
Rivers listened to his guy.
"Not yet," Rivers told reporters later in the day when asked about a potential move. "We're good. Ray is Ray. We're going to just keep rolling him out there and see what we can get. When we feel like he can't give it to us, we'll go with someone else. But I think right now, you have to give Ray a fighting chance."
Boston currently trails Miami 1-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals. They will play again Wednesday night.
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