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Ray Allen Status: Celtics Guard Out Vs. Timberwolves On Friday Night

The Boston Celtics will once again be without the services of shooting guard Ray Allen on Friday night when the C's take on the Minnesota Timberwolves (via Boston Herald).

Allen did participate in the shootaround this morning in Minnesota. However, his sore right ankle will cost him his fifth straight game. The Celtics are 3-1 during his absence (including the current three-game win streak) and have used Avery Bradley in place of Allen in the starting lineup. Boston coach Doc Rivers had hoped earlier in the week that Allen could be back in the lineup for tonight's game.

Bradley has averaged 11.5 points and 2.8 rebounds in 34.3 minutes per game in the past four games.

Allen started in 41 games this season for Boston. He's averaged 14.6 points (third on the team), 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists per game and 1.02 steals per game (third on the team) in 34.2 minutes per game.

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