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Tony Allen returns to practice, but status uncertain

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  June 3, 2008 02:50 PM

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WALTHAM -- Tony Allen returned to the basketball court today for the first time since Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Detroit Pistons. That's how long Allen had been idle after and straining his right Achilles in a scrimmage at the Celtics' Healthpoint practice facility.

Allen underwent an MRI on Monday and when it turned up nothing, he decided to give it a go in practice.

"It felt kind of sore, but I fought through it," said Allen, who was inactive for the Celtics' decisive Game 6 victory in Detroit last Friday night. "I got a massage today, ice, [electrical] stim. It felt pretty good practicing today."

Doc Rivers, who took a dim view of Allen's chances of playing in the NBA Finals when he said said Monday "it doesn't look good," planted is tongue in cheek and proclaimed Allen's return, "A miracle. It's a miracle."

Rivers said he wasn't expecting much from Allen today, especially after the fourth-year guard from Oklahoma State was unable to get through Monday's walkthrough.

"He was supposed to go through the beginning of practice," Rivers said, "and the next thing you know, he's dunking it and laying it in."

Asked if he was able to convince Rivers to activate him for Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday against the Lakers, Allen said, "I sure showed him something today. I had a couple of good moves today. Hopefully, that'll win him over, but I don't know. We'll see how it goes. I had two sessions of massage therapy, ice and stim. I came out and practiced today, and I'm going to get more treatment tomorrow and get one more practice in tomorrow and I'll see."

Asked about Allen's status, Rivers joked, "He's starting."

Stifling a laugh, Rivers added, "No, he's good. I mean, we'll find out. The tough part, now that he's practiced, is tomorrow he may not be able to walk."

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