Ray Allen returned to the starting lineup Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers after having missed the previous three games with an injured ankle.
Allen chipped in with a team-high 22 points, but it was not enough to hold off the young upstart Cavs. The loss snapped the Celtics four-game winning streak.
Allen looked great at times and looked limited at times as well. Ankle injuries are tough to play through and this was evident as the game wore on and when Allen missed a crucial layup with under three minutes left in the game. The points would have interrupted the Cavs 12-0 run they used to close out the game and to close out the Celtics.
“I felt great personally,” said Allen “I just tried to play. Going with how I felt, I was very aware of my body early and I felt great. As the game went on, I got to feeling a lot better out there.”
“Ray looked good, he looked fresh,” coach Doc Rivers said. “he was probably our most efficient player. You know, he missed the big layup down the stretch and I thought he gave up some middle drives and some baseline drives that creates those offensive rebounds that we talk about. And those are things we have to get better at. But overall, I couldn’t have been happier with his play.”
Allen and the Celtics look to right the wrong when they travel to Cleveland for a rematch with the Cavaliers on Tuesday night.