Ray Allen could return to the starting lineup against San Antonio Wednesday night. However, the Celtics have compiled a five-game winning streak while Allen recovers from an ankle injury, and coach Doc Rivers said the coaching staff has considered bringing Allen off the bench.
“We think about stuff like that all the time, no doubt,’’ Rivers said after Tuesday’s practice. “That, and other guys. We’ll see how it goes. Maybe it will be somebody else, we’ll see.’’
Rivers acknowledged Allen might not start. “We’ve talked about it,’’ Rivers said.
Allen said he would accept a bench role.
“Whatever we need to do as a team,’’ Allen said. “I think the effort that I’ve seen over the last week and a half, two weeks, is great. Whatever combinations we work out there, we’re all good enough, we’re all professional enough, to understand it. We know our plays. We’re at a point in the season where everybody knows who each other is. So, remembering plays and positions is second nature now for all of us.’’
So Doc might be changing course from his earlier decision to start Ray. Keep in mind there are plenty of guard minutes to go around, so Ray could still start, without Bradley losing minutes. Also, while fans might want a definitive answer who's starting, so do the Spurs. For that reason, it's not that bad of an idea to flip flop a little on this. I guess we'll find out the answer tonight.