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Allen to have offseason ankle surgery, doubtful for Game 1

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Allen to have offseason ankle surgery, doubtful for Game 1

WALTHAM -- Prior to Celtics practice on Saturday, Ray Allen said he plans to have surgery on his right ankle following this season.

Doc Rivers does not expect him to play in Game 1 of the Boston Celtics - Atlanta Hawks first round series on Sunday.

No question, Allen said of surgery. If I could, I would get surgery tomorrow. If this was earlier in the season, I probably would have had surgery.

Rivers said Allen will not practice on Saturday.

We wont know, honestly, Rivers said of Allens Game 1 status. Hes not going to practice today. And honestly, I dont think hell play tomorrow, but well find that out. He can play, so Im not saying hes not, and it would be very nice if he does, but hes just not moving well and well just find out.

Allen suffered the injury in March and has missed 15 games as a result. He realized he would need postseason surgery about a month ago after seeing images from his test results. But given the unpredictable timetable of recovery from surgery, he opted to wait out the rest of the season.

It was just inevitable, he said. Just from talking to a couple different doctors who said, when the seasons over youre going to have to get this cleaned up.

The veteran guard received a second cortisone shot on Thursday, which he said has helped alleviate the discomfort.

Just as I stand here, moving around on it, walking around, it feels great, he said. Now transferring that on to the floor and moving around on it is the next step.

Allen will travel with the Celtics to Atlanta. Being around the team is important to him, especially in this part of the season. Contending for a championship is why Allen has been fighting so hard to return to the court.

These are extreme situations, extreme times, he said. Playoff basketball, its a few notches above what we do in the regular season. So its really just a matter of me just getting my legs underneath me, running when I can. But thats a difficult thing, trying to run. I felt good running but just making sure I go through, when I can get into practice, just moving around in practice and trying to get my legs underneath me. You just have to deal with that.

Smart 'not worried' about lack of contract extension with Celtics

Smart 'not worried' about lack of contract extension with Celtics

CLEVELAND – For the third year in a row, a first-round pick of the Boston Celtics is unable to come to terms on a contract extension prior to the deadline.

That means Marcus Smart will become a restricted free agent this summer. Last year it was Kelly Olynyk (now with the Miami Heat) and in 2015 it was Jared Sullinger (now with Shenzhen Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association).

Both the Celtics and Smart's camp intensified their discussions in recent days as the October 16th 6 p.m. EST deadline drew near.

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While there was progress made, there wasn’t enough to get a deal done.

Smart has repeatedly indicated that he wants to re-sign a long-term deal to stay in Boston.

And the market for the 6-foot-4 guard became clearer based on the contracts that some of his fellow rookie class of 2014, were receiving.

Denver’s Gary Harris agreed to a four-year, $84 million contract after establishing himself as one of the better young two-way talents in the NBA last season. And at the other end of the financial spectrum, you would have to look at Phoenix’s T.J. Warren who signed a four-year, $50 million contract.

More than likely, Smart’s deal next summer will fall somewhere between the deals those two players received.

As much as Smart would have preferred to get a deal done heading into the season, it’s not something that he’s going to cause him to lose any sleep.

“Get it done now, or get it done in six months, I’m OK either way,” he told NBC Sports Boston. “I’m not worried about it.”

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All signs point to LeBron James playing against Celtics Tuesday

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All signs point to LeBron James playing against Celtics Tuesday

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- A sprained left ankle injury kept LeBron James out of all but one of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason games, and has created a certain element of uncertainty as to whether he’ll play against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. 
 
While it has yet to be determined for sure if he’ll play, all indications are that the 15-year veteran will be in the starting lineup as the Cavs kick off their quest to remain the team to beat in the East.

“I never hide stuff from you guys. I really don’t know,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said when asked if James would play against the Celtics. “Depending on how he feels, but I really don’t know.”
 
However, James looked pretty comfortable shooting the ball after practice with a trio of former Celtics in Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Jeff Green. 
 
And if you listen to the man who would likely start in James’ place -- J.R. Smith -- there’s nothing to worry about Cavs Nation. 
 
According to Smith, James will play. 
 
“We were talking about it, he’s never missed, since he was 8 years old and he started playing, he’s never missed a first game,” Smith said. “I’m preparing for him to play.”
 
Despite having played more than 41,000 minutes -- only 33 players in NBA history have done so -- James has been one of the game’s more durable players. Last season James he sat out only eight games, and that was the most he has missed in a single season.
 
 "He's gonna go [Tuesday]," Smith said. "He's gonna go, trust me [on] that. I don't care what he's gotta do, he's gonna play."