Chris Forsberg reports for ESPNBOSTON.com this morning that Tony Allen is experiencing ankle pain.

Doc Rivers: "Tony's ankle has been bothering him a lot, but he's playing through it".

Apparently, the pain was so severe that his availability for Game 3 was questionable. Rivers notes that Nate Robinson was being used as the backup point guard in the practices during the 3 day break.

This is the same injury that caused TA to miss significant time to begin the season. Forsberg writes:
"Allen missed the first 20 games of the 2009-10 season with a sore right ankle after rushing himself back from offseason ankle surgery and aggravating the injury during the only preseason game he appeared in. Despite little expectations given his injuries woes in six seasons in Boston, Allen soon emerged as Boston's most reliable bench player, providing consistent defense and the occasional offensive spark."

Tony Allen has come up big in these playoffs, surprising everyone by becoming a solid core member of the bench. He was invaluable in defending Dwyane Wade and had got some time on LeBron as well. His offense has also been impressive. He's posterized Antwan Jamison and contributed many highlight worthy plays. However, his contributions have lessened in the last two games. Forsberg writes, "Allen slowed his pregame workout before Game 2 in Orlando numerous times and appeared to be grimacing while grabbing at his right foot. Allen played only 15 minutes that night, his shortest outing since May 1".

With the injury I wouldn't expect to see Tony play tonight. Hopefully, either Nate or Marquis can step up.

(Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

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  1. tb727 says:

    Not good- hopefully they finish them tonight to give him more time to heal. Marquis, get ready.

  2. JR says:

    This is really bad news as TA would be needed to presumably guard Kobe.

  3. Jenda says:

    Nate is due to a big game. At least Doc promised one big playoff game from him. Against Orlando - I think it's the best time for him to do so. Nelson is "just" three inches taller and Williams stands no chance athletic-wise.
    Plus I hope TA gets as healthy as possible for the Finals.

  4. JR says:

    Jenda is right. Doc did make that promise! I think Marquis and Nate can fill in tonite, but the fact that this injury caused him to miss 20 games earlier is frightening at this point. We'd miss his defense, athleticism, offensive rebounding and overall hustle.

  5. Agreed JR. Rest TA tonight, make sure he's ready for the Lakers.

  6. ThomasJ says:

    Let's end this series without him tonight and get the extra rest as Phoenix extends LA maybe more than five. TA isn't needed to finish off the Magic the way he will be vs LA.

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