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In a hopeful sign that he might be available to play in Game 3 Friday night, Ray Allen said he felt good enough to practice Thursday and was feeling as good as he has in recent days as he attempts to play with bone spurs in his left ankle.

"Last couple of days, I've been in a really good place so I'm optimistic," Allen said. "If I'm sitting here [Friday] feeling good, that's a different story. I am optimistic about practicing today so that's definitely a great step for me moving forward.

"I do feel good today. I can't say that I don't. I am definitely am practicing today. I'm excited about it, my body's excited and [Paul Pierce] is probably excited. He asks me every day. It's always great when [teammates ask]. I appreciate when you ask because it shows me you care. I'm here every day and I'm trying to be here for you guys. That's about 80-90 percent of me doing everything I can to get back because I know my guys care about me. When they ask, I say, 'Don't ever stop asking because if you stop, that's when I start getting worried.' I'm here for these guys."

Allen has not suited up since April 10th against the Miami Heat with bone spurs in his ankle. It was reported that he would've had surgery on his ankle if it weren't the playoffs. The last time Ray had this injury he was in Seattle and he had to be shut down for the rest of the year.

It seems like Ray is doing everything he can to come back, and you know it has to be eating at him. As optimistic are Ray sounds, it's gotten to the point where I'll believe it when I see him on the court. He would provide a huge boost to the Celtics bench. A completely healthy Boston team should scare the rest of the Eastern Conference -- even the Miami Heat.

Mike Saver 5/03/2012 03:07:00 PM Edit
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