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T(A)-Pain

Not much brewing here yet. Tony Allen’s out with an ankle sprain, probably until Sunday. It could cause a dilemma here. Ray Allen isn’t someone who should be playing 48 minutes. Not with his age and injury history. Doc Rivers seems to be aware of this. I think.

“It crystallized the last game honestly for us, I’ve been saying it, if you lose one of those guards, Tony, Ray or Paul, there’s a hole,” Rivers said.

So what to do? Doc says the C’s could go small, with some combination of Eddie House, Rajon Rondo and Gabe Pruitt in the backcourt.

Rivers did have this to say about T.A., who’s averaging 8.8 points per game this season:

“I think he could be a dominant defender, he hasn’t been that yet. He’s been good, he’s been very good. … He’s a tough, tough kid, he could be an unreal defender.”

Doc addressed the Sam Mitchell firing (the Raptors canned him after four-plus seasons at the helm today) diplomatically. Toronto is off to an 8-9 start. It’s not like the Raptors are 1-16.

“That’s our job,” he said before citing football coach Tommy Tuberville, who Auburn fired after 10 seasons this week.

There’s going to be a lot of turnover.

“If you lose,” Rivers, who’s struggled himself at times, quipped, “you just hope that Danny Ainge is on your side.”

On a serious note, Indiana coach (and former Celtics coach) Jim O’Brien spoke about former Celtic Rodney Rogers, who was injured in an ATV accident Monday.

“One of the finest people that I’ve ever coached in the NBA. I’ve spent a lot of time with Rodney out in Phoenix during the summer we were trying to sign him,” O’Brien said. “A great family man, a man of immense faith. Certainly he’s going to need that great family and that faith to get through this.”

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