Allen travels to Minnesota

Celtics guard Ray Allen traveled with his teammates to Minnesota Thursday, according to the team, an encouraging sign that he could return to action for Friday's game against the Timberwolves.

Allen has missed the last four games due to right ankle soreness that flared last Wednesday in Milwaukee. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he underwent an MRI on Saturday and that was negative, but Allen simply hasn't been able to get back on the floor. He participated in shootaround before Wednesday's game against the Utah Jazz, but Rivers noted he simply didn't feel right and was held out again.

Given that the Celtics are traveling for just one game, it's unlikely Allen would fly out unless the team believed he had a strong chance to play in Friday's game. A visit from Eastern Conference rival Miami looms Sunday at TD Garden.