Thursday , Jan , 11 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Celtics’ Allen to have knee surgery

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Celtics guard Tony Allen tore both his ACL and
MCL during Boston’s game on Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers.

An examination on Thursday morning at New England Baptist Hospital revealed
the severity of the injury, which occurred late in the third quarter of the
Celtics’ 97-84 loss, when he missed a dunk attempt and came down awkwardly on
his left leg. He had to be helped off the court and was taken to Baptist for
an MRI.

According to the Boston Herald, which quoted Celtics head coach Glenn “Doc”
Rivers, Allen could undergo surgery to repair the damage as early as this
weekend once swelling in the knee subsides.

Rivers also said the 25-year-old could miss up to six months, another tough
setback for a player who endured surgery and rehab on his right knee two years
ago.

Allen is the latest in a string of unfortunate injuries the Celtics have had
to endure this season. Boston is already dealing with the long-term losses of
Paul Pierce and Theo Ratliff, as well as minor hurts to Wally Szczerbiak and
Delonte West.

In addition to Allen, forward Brian Scalabrine is expected to miss at least
the next three games after suffering a bruised meniscus and a sprained MCL in
his right knee after a knee-to-knee collision with teammate Gerald Green also
during Wednesday’s contest.

BOS