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A tough position for guard

Allen plays; son out of hospital

By Gary Washburn
Globe Staff / November 30, 2009

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MIAMI - Walker Allen is proving to be as tough as his father. The younger Allen, son of Celtics guard Ray Allen, was released from a Boston-area hospital yesterday after being admitted for nausea during Thanksgiving weekend.

Walker, 2, suffers from childhood diabetes and took ill Thanksgiving night, when he began vomiting. Ray Allen said Walker was taken to the hospital and then returned home, only to suffer more nausea and a lowering of blood sugar.

Ray Allen missed practice Saturday but met his teammates at the plane later in the day for the flight to Miami.

“He’s been going through it but the whole time he’s managed to keep his spirits,’’ Ray said before the Celtics beat the Heat, 92-85, at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Allen finished with 11 points on 5-for-13 shooting and canned his lone 3-pointer with 1:38 left for a 6-point lead. Afterward, Allen was on his cellphone getting an update on Walker.

“I just wanted to make sure he was all right before I left,’’ Allen said before the game. “He couldn’t hold anything down and his blood sugar just started dropping and it got so low, we had to take him in. That’s what we’ve been dealing with.’’

When asked whether it was a tough decision to leave his son, Ray said, “It was. Even [Saturday] I was thinking I would catch a later flight and I wasn’t looking at time. I just watched him and paid attention to him.

“When I told him I was leaving, he cried and he was hurt that I was able to leave. But I told him I’ll be on TV so he’d get to watch and that was a beautiful thing. He wanted to come with me. I left because I knew that he was up and he wanted to dance and that’s one of his favorite things. If I had to, I would have went back.’’

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said the decision was up to the veteran guard.

“It’s always family first here,’’ Rivers said. “We made that clear. If Ray thought he needed to be home, then he should stay home. And if he needs to get home, he should go home.’’

Return will wait
Shooting guard Tony Allen wanted to make his season debut on this four-game road trip, but Rivers said he will return for the Dec. 8 game against Milwaukee. Allen underwent right ankle surgery in August and is still recovering from soreness and lack of strength.

“There’s a chance we thought he could play maybe the last couple of games on the trip,’’ Rivers said. “If you’re not sure, just wait until we come back.’’

His talk isn’t cheap
For his comments on flopping following the Celtics’ 116-103 win over Toronto Friday, Rasheed Wallace was fined $30,000 by the NBA for “public criticism of officials.’’ Wallace was angry after being called for running into a screen by Toronto’s Hedu Turkoglu.

Wallace, whistled for a technical for calling Turkoglu a flopper, commented after the game on Paul Pierce’s technical foul for taunting Chris Bosh following a dunk: “They set rules on us to the point where you’re taunting. When Paul dunked it and then, Paul didn’t say nothing, he just looked at him. Let The Golden Child do that or one of the NBA [Basketball] Without Borders kids do that and it’s all fine and dandy.’’

Wallace admitted he was referring to LeBron James when talking about “The Golden Child.’’

“I don’t know why [I was fined],’’ he said. “I am going to fight that one for sure. I didn’t talk about no refs. I didn’t name no players. Oh yeah for sure, I am definitely taking this one to the appeal board. What did I say wrong?’’

Wallace picked up his seventh technical last night for saying, “And one!’’ following a made jumper with 1:26 to play in the first quarter. He said official Bennett Salvatore told him he would talk to the league about rescinding that decision.

Wallace is the league leader in technicals and will receive a one-game suspension from the NBA for each one he accrues after 16.

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