Celtics travel to Toronto without hobbled guard Allen

12/16/2007 - NBA Ray Allen Boston Celtics + more

TORONTO -- Celtics guard Ray Allen did not travel to Toronto
and missed his second straight game because of a sore right ankle
Sunday, but is expected to return when Atlantic Division-leading
Boston hosts Detroit on Wednesday.

"He'll practice on Tuesday and play on Wednesday, I'm pretty
sure of that," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "You never know,
but I'm pretty much sure."

Allen was injured against Charlotte on Nov. 24 but remained in
the lineup until Friday, when he missed his first game of the
season. It was the first time this season Boston played without its
three stars -- Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce -- in the lineup.

Allen is averaging 19.1 points and 4.3 rebounds. His field goal
percentage was 42.8 percent at the time of his injury, but he has
shot 39.2 percent in eight games since.

"When you have sprained ankles, you tend to struggle shooting
because of balance," Rivers said. "He's such a pure balance
shooter that it could have had an effect."