Without Avery Bradley out for the season, Ray Allen was inserted back into the starting line-up at shooting guard.

The veteran struggled for the game, not being able to hold up Dwyane Wade along with missing free throws -- something you don't usually see from someone of his caliber.

Allen has been banged up lately as he had a bad ankle. Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers suggested if Allen should sit out Game 2 against the Miami Heat.

However, Allen doesn't plan to.

"My trainers and I discussed (taking a game off)," Allen told Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston, "but I really, really do not want go that route. Just put me out there and let me do the best I can."

The training staff, along with Rivers, gave Allen the chance to rest the next game to help heal his bone spurs. But Allen did the talking and will tough it out.

"Not yet," Rivers told reporters later in the day when asked about a potential move. "We're good. Ray is Ray. We're going to just keep rolling him out there and see what we can get. When we feel like he can't give it to us, we'll go with someone else. But I think right now, you have to give Ray a fighting chance."

Boston currently trails Miami 1-0 for the Eastern Conference Finals. They will play again Wednesday night.

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