Celtics' Tony Allen may miss final opener

Tony Allen may not be healthy enough to play in the NBA final opener, potentially costing the Celtics a player who can guard Kobe Bryant when the Lakers visit Boston on Thursday.

Tony Allen may not be healthy enough to play in the NBA final opener, potentially costing the Celtics a player who can guard Kobe Bryant when the Lakers superstar visits Boston on Thursday.

"It doesn't look good," Boston coach Doc Rivers said after practice on Monday. "He couldn't get through even the walkthrough portion."

The six-foot-four Allen against the six-foot-six Bryant in the regular season as Boston won both meetings by a combined 32 points. But the Celtic injured an Achilles tendon in a post-practice pickup game during the Eastern Conference final against Detroit and hasn't played since.

Allen started the regular-season game against the Lakers in Boston on Dec. 30 — one of just 11 games he started this year — and helped hold the NBA MVP to 22 points on an errant 6-for-25 shooting.

"He's played good in two games against the Lakers," Rivers said. "But if he's not healthy, he's not healthy."

Allen averaged 6.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 18.4 minutes in 75 games this season, his fourth in the NBA. In the playoffs his averages have dipped to 1.0 point, 0.2 of a rebound and 4.0 minutes.

With files from the Associated Press