WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) -Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers says Tony Allen might not be back from an injury to guard Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant when the NBA finals begin Thursday night.
``It doesn't look good,'' Rivers said after practice on Monday. ``He couldn't get through even the walkthrough portion.''
Allen had some success against Bryant in the regular season, but the Celtics guard injured his Achilles tendon in a post-practice pickup game during the Eastern Conference finals 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 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.''

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