The Celtics’ worst fears regarding Tony Allen’s left knee were realized this morning, when an examination revealed that the talented swingman tore both his anterior cruciate ligament and his medial collateral ligament following his dunk Wednesday night. The surgery could be as early as this weekend once the swelling in the knee goes down. He is expected to miss at least the next 6 months. He will have plenty of encouragement as he rehabs from the injury as Doc Rivers had the same injury in his career and Leon Powe has had 2 ACL tears.
The news on Scal's injury is not as severe. His injury – the result of a knee-to-knee collision with Gerald Green – was diagnosed as a bruised meniscus and sprained MCL in his right knee. Scal is due for a re-evaluation of the injury in another seven days. It is interesting that the collision didn't phase Green. The kid must have hard knees.
In the meantime, the team had only 9 players available for practice and Doc played small forward so they could have a 5 on 5 scrimage. West has said he would be available for Friday's game but Doc doesn't want to take chances and wants clearance from Ed Lacerte before letting him play.