WALTHAM -- If the playoffs weren't starting on Sunday, Ray Allen said he would get surgery on his ankle. He'll need to have a procedure one way or the other at the end of the season.
"Yeah, no question. If I could I would get surgery tomorrow," Allen said before the team conducted practice. "If this was earlier in the season I probably would have had surgery on it."
Allen will make the trip to Atlanta, but it's looking less and less likely that he'll be able to play.
"Honestly I don't think he'll play [Sunday]," Doc Rivers said. "We'll find that out. He's just not moving well."
Allen had a cortisone shot on Wednesday -- his second since the injury he suffered against the Clippers in March -- and he said this shot helped. The swelling has gone down, but the pain remains.
"It feels a lot better as I stand here," Allen said. "Just moving around, walking around it feels great. Now transferring that on to the floor is the next thing."
Allen hasn't give up hope.
"These are extreme situations. Extreme times," he said. "Playoff basketball is a few notches above what we do in the regular season. It’s really a matter of me getting my legs underneath me, running when I can, but that’s the difficult thing."
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