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Allen good to go for Game 4, reconsidering surgery

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Allen good to go for Game 4, reconsidering surgery

BOSTON -- After logging 37 minutes in his return from an ankle injury on Friday, Ray Allen will suit up again on Sunday night for Game 4 of the Boston Celtics - Atlanta Hawks first round series.

Allen was uncomfortable on Saturday following his 13-point performance in Game 3, but was relieved to feel better on Sunday.

It wasnt bad, but even when I walked out, after you ice and you walk out, my ankle just felt like I had to walk sideways, he said. It just felt that tough and that achy. Yesterday, I couldnt do anything yesterday. It was just throbbing. I got in and got treatment. Just all day, it just felt like I was pulling my leg along. But I woke up this morning and I was back right where I hoped Id be. So thats just the cost of doing business, I guess.

After seeing images from test results, Allen recently said surgery was inevitable. But Allen is feeling so much better than expected that he is reconsidering his initial assessment of requiring ankle surgery this offseason.

I know I said that a couple weeks ago, and I believe that just from the pictures, he said. But based on how I feel now and where my body is, I'll revisit getting x-rays, MRI when it's over with and make an assessment then because if I continue on this track and I know I'm getting better, I don't need to have surgery if it's not necessary.

Allen will take his ankle day-by-day and decide whether or not to have surgery when the season is over. After playing 37 minutes in his first game back, he knows things can change any time.

I thought about it (reconsidering surgery) maybe yesterday, the day before yesterday, he said. If the joint shows different things in it based on me, how Im playing, how I feel when Im playing, I dont think theres a need for it. But before it was just too excruciating. It felt like it was the only option. It felt like even as the series was starting, that I wasnt going to be able to play. So Im obviously Im in a differentposition, and tomorrow it could be adifferentscenario. So thats why for me I just take it one day at a time.

Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

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Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with  Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.

Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.

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“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.

Irving replied with a lewd suggestion. 

After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.

Regrets?

“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.

Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”

The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.

In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.

“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”