Allen expects soreness after injury scare

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Ray Allen tweaked his left ankle late in Monday's win over the Clippers.LOS ANGELES -- When Celtics guard Ray Allen crumpled on the baseline in the final minute of Monday's 94-85 triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers, even coach Doc Rivers feared the worst. Maybe that's why Rivers seemed excited to see Allen jog out from the locker room before game's end and play the final 15.8 seconds despite tweaking his left ankle.

"I think I hit a wet spot or something," Allen said. "I slipped and when I slid, my ankle just turned over. I kind of had the wherewithal to fall and take the pressure off of it, but I still felt it and it was a sharp pain. But when I walked to the back and once I got back [in the locker room], I just kind of started putting pressure on it and it kind of eased up. I feel a little better. I’m sure I’ll be sore."

Sore would be just fine by Rivers, who initially feared the worst.

"I didn't see what happened, when you turn around and see a guy down -- and I didn't see anyone around him -- the first thing you think is something on his body gave out," Rivers said. "But then I heard that he got pushed and twisted his ankle. It was good to see him back, walk out on the floor, that was nice."

When a reporter joked that Rivers looked like he wanted to hug Allen as he came back out to the sideline, Rivers smiled and quipped, "I was happy to see him, to say the least."