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Allen expected to play Sunday

BOSTON -- Celtics guard Ray Allen was given the option to skip Saturday's practice to attend to a family issue, according to the team, but participated anyway.

Allen was absent from the media availability portion of practice at TD Garden and the team said he had been excused from the session that would follow, which was closed to the media. After that session was complete, the team told reporters that Allen decided to participate after all. Allen is expected to play in Game 5 of the Finals on Sunday.

Allen nearly missed Game 6 of the 2008 Finals after his young son, Walker, was originally diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Allen rushed from Staples Center after a Game 5 loss to be with his son, then flew home in time to lead the Celtics to a lopsided win in the series-clinching Game 6 triumph.

This season, Allen missed a practice session in late November after his son needed to be hospitalized, but rejoined the team for the start of a road trip in Miami.

Chris Forsberg covers the Celtics for ESPNBoston.com.