The move did not cause much concern at the time since Allen had played close to 10 minutes in the quarter when Keyon Dooling replaced him. But Allen did feel discomfort when he left the game and had to get his ankle treated after he left the floor, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said.
A day later, Rivers did not seem concerned about Allen's health. That was an encouraging sign for a player whose playing status has never been taken for granted in this postseason.
"He's fine," Rivers said Wednesday in a conference call. "He just said it locked up on him again. That's happened a couple of times. He needed our team doctor to maneuver it and be almost chiropractic with it, to unhinge it so he could run again."
Dooling filled Allen's role as a sharpshooter by closing the third quarter with a 3-pointer. Allen allayed any concern over his ankle by playing with relative effectiveness in the fourth quarter, when he played nine minutes and hit three free throws that contributed to Boston's win.