--The Celtics were again without Ray Allen on Tuesday as his right ankle was still causing him too much discomfort to go. He had worked out and felt good on Monday, but by the next day the pain had returned.
Coach Doc Rivers said before Game 2 that he is not sure what to expect from Allen, who had another cortisone shot a week ago.
"These are strange situations and strange times," Allen said. "Playoff basketball is a few notches above what we do in the regular season, so it's a matter of me just getting my legs underneath me and running when I can. But that's a difficult thing, just trying to run.
"I feel if I'm out of shape when I get out there, I'll just have to deal with that."
--Someone else is taking shots at Kevin Garnett. Hawk backup forward Ivan Johnson joined the chorus before Game 2.
"Garnett, he's a dirty player," Johnson said. "He gives me a lot of elbows, and I can handle that. I was prepared for that. I already knew how KG was going to come at me. They're a whole bunch of mess-talkers."
Rivers has heard it before.
"Let them talk," he said. "It's par for the course. We'll let them do the talking. We'll do the playing."
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Literally the only way we were going to win the game -- I mean, that was the ONLY way we were going to win the game -- is if Paul played like that. He knew that. So did they, yet he still did it. It just tells you how special he is." -- Doc Rivers after Paul Pierce went for 36 points and 14 rebounds in the win over the Hawks on Tuesday.
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