— gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) April 29, 2012
Allen has missed the Celtics' last nine games with a sore right ankle. We knew he was a game-time decision, and news from Doc Rivers had made it seem as if the chance Allen would take the court tonight was steadily decreasing as the week has gone on, but now it's official.
This obviously isn't good news for the Celtics, but it isn't the worst news. After all, in Allen's absence, Boston went 6-3 -- not to mention an earlier five-game winning streak with Allen sidelined. The Celtics have found a surprise in Avery Bradley, who was actually starting over Allen of late. He's scored over 20 points three times since Allen's injury, including a five-of-six performance from three-point range against New York.
It's unclear whether Allen will be healthy as the series goes on, but we can assume he will remain a game-time decision in upcoming games.