With a week left before facing his former team in the Miami Heat's season opener, guard Ray Allen said his surgically repaired ankle isn't completely healed and could require treatment well into the season.
"I still deal with soreness in my ankle that I work through every day," Allen said after the Heat's practice Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Allen has played in all five of the Heat's preseason games, and has shown little effects of the June 13 procedure he had to remove bone spurs from the ankle several days after the Boston Celtics were eliminated in the Eastern Conference finals by the eventual NBA champion Heat.
Three weeks after the surgery, Allen signed a deal in free agency to join the Heat after he turned down a two-year contract to stay in Boston.
The Heat will receive their championship rings during what is expected to be an emotionally charged season opener against the Celtics on Oct. 30.
Allen, 37, revealed after Monday's practice that he has been working through some discomfort in the ankle throughout the preseason, which continues with Tuesday's game against the Charlotte Bobcats.
"I would like to be in better shape, better condition," Allen said. "So, you know, I still have to make sure I don't do too much pounding, because I'm a runner. On off days, I like to run. Right now, I've switched to the bicycle to stay off the pounding as much."
The Heat held one of their more extensive practices of the preseason on Monday, with a scrimmage session stretching the workout well beyond two hours.
Miami wraps up the preseason with three games over a four-day span, including the second game of a back-to-back on Wednesday against the Washington Wizards in Kansas City.
With several rotation players either working their way back from training camp injuries or pushing through the final stages of rehab from offseason surgeries, Spoelstra said he likely would mix up his lineups over the next two games to ensure some players get rest while others play to regain rhythm.
"We're making progress, getting healthier," Spoelstra said. "I want to see who responds to this. This was a training camp practice (Monday). We'll see how guys feel tomorrow."
Ray Allen says ankle remains sore
ESPN.com | Oct 22