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Ray Allen dealing with a ‘sore’ left shoulder

Everyone who saw Ray Allen [1] sprawled on the court with 10:56 left in the fourth quarter Monday night had the same thought – Oh no, not again. The Celtics [2] have already had two starters miss significant time with significant injuries as Kevin Garnett [3] hopes to come back Wednesday night from a strained right calf and Rajon Rondo [4] continues to play through sore feet.

As for Allen, he said he will need a night of sleep and then see how he feels after taking a vicious hit on a pick early in the fourth quarter of Monday’s loss to Houston.

“I just took a hard hit, and kind of collapsed on the side,” Allen said of the screen set with 10:56 left in the fourth. “I’€™m sore, I’€™ll feel it [Tuesday]. My shoulder but kind of my side, you got so much adrenaline running that you don’€™t really feel it, once I got in the back I felt it.”

Allen added that he didn’t think it was a legal screen since – as he said, ‘€œThe rule states that, if there’€™s a screen set, you have to give the person a chance to see the screen and then move out the way. I didn’€™t even know the screen was there and when I went to step I just hit the screen, and it caught me like on the side of my hip.”

Allen, who matched Marquis Daniels [5] with a team-high 19 points, did return with 5:40 left in the game and hit a big three-pointer with 2:04 left to pull the Celtics to within seven, 106-99.