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Ray Allen, Mickael Pietrus undergo surgeries

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Ray Allen, background, and Mickael Pietrus were frequent visitors to the trainers’ room this year.

Celtics guards Ray Allen (right ankle) and Mickael Pietrus (right knee) underwent surgery at New England Baptist Hospital Wednesday.

Team physician Brian McKeon performed both arthroscopic procedures.

Allen developed bone spurs, causing him to miss 15 of the final 20 games of the regular season and the first two playoff games. He recovered to play in 18 postseason games, averaging 10.7 points.


This is the second time in a year Pietrus has had surgery on his right knee. He did not recover sufficiently from the previous operation, leading to his release by the Suns. Pietrus signed with the Celtics Dec. 24.

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In other Celtics news, Kevin Garnett was fined $25,000 for not being available for media interviews following Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Cook finds role

Daequan Cook, a 3-point specialist who has carved out a role on the Oklahoma City bench, has a special stake in the NBA Finals. He was one of the players dumped by Miami to create salary cap space to re-sign Dwyane Wade and add LeBron James and Chris Bosh.

Eight days before free agency began in July 2010, Cook was traded along with a first-round draft pick to the Thunder for a second-round pick. Basically, the Heat gave the Thunder a first-round pick to take Cook’s salary.

The Thunder traded that Heat first-round pick to the Clippers (who chose Eric Bledsoe) for a future first-rounder. And that pick was traded by the Thunder to the Celtics for Kendrick Perkins. Boston will use that pick (21st) in the June 28 draft.


Cook was initially projected as part of the youth movement in Miami but shot just 32 percent in his final season there. After playing just 43 of 82 games his first season in Oklahoma City, he emerged as a capable reserve and spot starter this season.

Cook said he does not harbor any ill feelings toward the Heat.

“None at all, I understood the move, that it was a good reason,’’ he said. “Coach [Pat] Riley put me in a good position to better myself and make my career last a little longer coming over here and being part of this team.’’

It seems like ages ago, but Cook was a key player on the 2007 Ohio State team that reached the national title game with Greg Oden and Mike Conley.

With the Thunder having a lot of young talent, Cook has had to get accustomed to a reserve role. The acquisition of Derek Fisher cut into his playing time even further.


“It’s kind of tough, but you learn how to get through it with the help of the teammates and the vets on the team,’’ he said.

More from Bosh?

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra refused to say whether Chris Bosh will be in the starting lineup for Thursday’s Game 2.

Bosh missed nine playoff games with a strained abdomen and has come off the bench in the past four. He played 34 minutes in Game 1 Tuesday, with 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting and 5 rebounds.

Spoelstra believes Bosh’s injury grace period is over and he is prepared for a heavier responsibility.

“He got his feet wet, four games,’’ the coach said. “The last two games, he’s been able to handle more minutes. I think we can start to incorporate him more, to who he was and his strengths right before he got injured.

“He was so accommodating the last three or four games just trying to fit in. But we need him to be a little bit more who he is.’’

That still could mean coming off the bench. Shane Battier got the start in Game 1 and produced 17 points, third on the team after James and Wade. And Bosh is OK with coming off the bench.

“A huge issue today and tomorrow, until the game starts tomorrow, but it doesn’t really matter for me,’’ he said. “Like I’ve been saying, if Coach wants to put me out there, I’m more than available. I’ve started a bunch of games in this league.’’

Eye on Fournier

The Celtics worked out 19-year-old Frenchman Evan Fournier this week, and he was impressive, according to an NBA source. Fournier, a 6-foot-7-inch swingman, averaged 14 points in 30 games with Poitiers in the French Pro A League. The Celtics have the 21st and 22d picks and are in need of a small forward to back up Paul Pierce . . . The NBA said the overnight Nielsen rating of 11.8 for Tuesday’s game was the best yet for a Finals opener on ABC, which started televising the Finals in 2003, taking over from NBC. The opener also produced the highest rating ever in Oklahoma City for an NBA game, 44.3. It drew a 30.5 rating in Miami.

Gary Washburn of the Globe staff contributed from Oklahoma City. Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.