Ray Allen Injury: Celtics Guard Will Not Play On Thursday Against Orlando

Ray Allen suffered a jammed left ankle during the second quarter of the Boston Celtics' 100-94 win over the Wahington Wizards on Sunday and did not return. Allen said after the game he will be a game-time decision for Monday's game.

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Dwight Howard Free Agency 2012: Boston Celtics An Option, Says Howard

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard told Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald that he would listen to the Boston Celtics' pitch if they call him during the free agency period.

"Always. Always," Howard told the Herald. "I'd always listen to a team like that.

"My thing is I want to win. It's not something like I'm doing this for money. I win. I want to do it my way."

Howard's reported list of preferred destinations had included the New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, but he had plenty of nice things to say about the Celtics organization.

"You know," said Howard, "you look at a team like Boston and look at a team like LA who's won . . . especially Boston. Man, those guys came together and they didn't care who scored all the points. They had done all the individual stuff.

"You know, for me, I've done a lot of things individually, but I want a championship. All those accolades that I've got over the years, they mean a lot, but it's just different watching teams hold up that trophy and knowing how hard you have to work to get it.

"They have the championship mentality," he said of the Celts. "It means a lot. Like I said, I like the team. They play hard and they go after it, and that's what I like."

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Ray Allen To Miss Thursday's Tilt In Orlando

Ray Allen is expected to miss Thursday's game against the Orlando Magic with a sprained ankle suffered during last Sunday's win over the Washington Wizards. Allen did not return to the game after leaving during the second quarter, and was forced to sit out Monday's home game against the Magic.

The Boston Celtics were without Rajon Rondo, Mickael Pietrus and Keyon Dooling on Monday along with Allen, making the team's 87-56 win all the more shocking. The Celtics will need to get healthier if they hope to keep winning games. Luckily, they should get Rondo back at the very least when they head to Orlando on Thursday.

Still, without Pietrus and Allen the Celtics will be without their two best shooters from beyond the 3-point line. Allen is averaging 14.9 points per game and is shooting 56 percent behind the arc. Pietrus is averaging 8.7 points and 44 percent on 3-pointers.

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Ray Allen Injury Update: Allen A Game-Time Decision For Monday

Ray Allen jammed his left ankle during the second quarter of the Boston Celtics' win over the Washington Wizards on Sunday afternoon and was forced to leave the game. Allen did not return and was later diagnosed with the ankle injury.

"I know it's a sprain," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said following the win. "I was joking with Flip when the same guy the third time knocked him down, I asked him if they had a hit out on Ray. [The trainer] said he jammed his ankle."

After the game, Allen told reporters that he will be a game-time decision on Monday night when the Celtics return home to host the Orlando Magic and former teammate, Glen Davis.

"I was excited to come back out on the floor and work through it, but I feel too much tightness and pain [in the back of my ankle] right now," Allen said after the game. "I think it's a blessing that we played earlier and have the rest of the day to [heal]. I had an X-ray, and the doctor, from what he said, that there's not too many problems with my ankle, nothing new."

Allen scored seven points on 3-of-5 shooting before leaving the game Sunday. Entering the game, Allen was the Celtics' leading scorer averaging 15.5 points while also averaging 3.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 13 games this season.

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Ray Allen Injury: Celtics' Allen Suffers Ankle Injury, Will Not Return

Ray Allen suffered a jammed left ankle in the first half of the Boston Celtics' game against the Washington Wizards on Sunday afternoon at the Verizon Center. Allen, who suffered the injury in the second quarter, limped off the court with the team trainer and headed straight for the locker room. More on his condition will likely be known after the game.

Allen scored seven points on 3-of-5 shooting in 11 minutes before suffering the injury. Entering the game on Sunday, Allen was the Celtics' leading scorer, averaging 15.5 points, while also averaging 3.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 13 games.

Injuries have really taken a toll on the Celtics, who are now missing two of their five starters. In addition to Allen, starting point guard Rajon Rondo (sore right wrist) has also missed the team's last two games. Also, reserves Keyon Dooling and Chris Wilcox have been setback with injuries in recent weeks.

For more Celtics and Wizards coverage, visit our blogs, CelticsBlog and Bullets Forever.

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