ESPN: The Celtics expect Ray Allen to play when they try for a second time to win the NBA championship.
Allen rushed from Staples Center after the Los Angeles Lakers’ 103-98 win Sunday night that forced a sixth game Tuesday night in Boston. The reason: “health issues” involving one of his three children.
As the Celtics waited at LA International Airport on Monday afternoon for their delayed flight to leave, team spokesman Jeff Twiss said he expected Allen to take a later airplane to Boston. And, Twiss said, “I don’t believe” Allen will miss the game that could bring him his first NBA title in a 12-year career as a deadeye shooter and give the Celtics their first championship in 22 years.
Allen has two sons and a daughter. Some of the players’ family members made the journey to Los Angeles for Games 3, 4 and 5.
The Celtics gave no details, only issuing a statement from coach Doc Rivers that “Ray Allen was forced to leave Staples Center at the conclusion of tonight’s game due to a health issue with one of his children.”
Allen has been a solid contributor in the NBA Finals — second on the Celtics with 19.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game — after struggling with his shooting in earlier rounds.