BOSTON - Missing time didn't seem to have an effect on Ray Allen, who had 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting in 25 minutes for the Boston Celtics in their 88-87 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night at TD Garden.
Allen jammed his left ankle during the Celtics' win over the Washington Wizards last Sunday and missed three and a half games because of it. But the C's got a boost from their sharpshooter when he returned to the lineup in Sunday's game.
"Ray looked good," Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said. "I mean, he looked fresh. I thought he - 9-for-14 - in some ways you look at the stats, he was probably our most efficient player. You know, missed the big lay-up down the stretch and goot some, I thought he have 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 be happier with his play."
Allen continues to find success, as the 36-year-old guard is shooting a shade over 50 percent from the field this season and is averaging 14.9 points for the Celtics. Allen's steady presence is key if Boston has any hopes of contending.