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Ray Allen admits he has bone spurs in troublesome ankle


Ray Allen has missed 13 games with a sore ankle and now his availability for the playoffs starting this weekend is coming into question.

Allen admitted Monday that he is battling bone spurs in his ankle, which is adding to the problem, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com.

“The other day when it swelled,” Allen said, “they say they could be the size of a grain of sand but they’re not supposed to be in there so as they swell, they move around and as the swelling goes down, they rest.”

Bone spurs are small, pointed outgrowths of bone that occur where there has been a lot of wear and tear on a body. Say, hypothetically, the ankles of a veteran professional basketball player.

If the inflammation goes down Allen could get back on the court, maybe as early as Thursday in the Celtics final regular season game. Allen will not play Tuesday.

The Celtics will take on the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the playoffs, starting this weekend. The schedule of games has not yet been set by the league, in part because home court between the two teams is not decided. While the Celtics are the four seed by virtue of winning the Atlantic division, that does not guarantee them home court. Currently the Hawks have a one game lead over the Celtics.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: No, Lakers are not playoff bound

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When you ask Lakers fans for bold predictions, you get the delusional to come out of the woodwork.

Most Lakers fans I know — remember, I’m a former Laker blogger living in So Cal, even my optometrist wants to talk Lakers during my eye exam — are realistic about where the team is in the rebuild process. Like me, they want to see a healthy season of Kobe Bryant where he can choose whether or not to continue his career on his terms, not Father Time’s.

But Lakers exceptionalism is a thing, and there are Lakers fans living in a fantasy land.

That’s what Jenna Corrado and I get to in the latest PBT Extra: There are Lakers fans that think they are playoff bound. And there are people who expect even more than that from this team this year — like Kobe Bryant to return to MVP form. Those people need to stop taking so much glaucoma medication.

Thabo Sefolosha’s lawyer: White police officer targeted black Hawks forward

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NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer representing a professional basketball player arrested outside a New York City nightclub has told a jury his client was targeted because he’s black.

Attorney Alex Spiro said Tuesday in Manhattan Criminal Court that a white police officer saw a black man in a hoodie when he confronted the Atlanta Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha on April 8.

Sefolosha was arrested while leaving a Manhattan nightclub following a stabbing. He subsequently suffered a season-ending leg fracture after a confrontation with police.

A prosecutor said in opening statements that Sefolosha called an officer who repeatedly told him and others to leave a “midget.”

Sefolosha pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges. The Swiss citizen declined a plea deal from prosecutors.