|Posted by B-PAUL on March 25, 2010 at 6:49 PM|
After I left the Garden last night following the Celtics 113-99 victory over the Denver Nuggets I found myself very satisfied with the win. I was impressed with pretty much every player that stepped on the court (except for Sheed), but one player really stood out to me. That player was #42 Tony Allen.
Before last night's game, and since the acquisition of Michael Finley, Tony's role on the team had been starting to disappear. He had played no more than ten minutes in a game during the month of March and he also was an active DNP for three games. Through all of this the man we like to refer to as TA stayed positive and continued to work on his game. As a result he was ready to go last night when Doc Rivers called his number early in the game after Paul Pierce and Marquis Daniels got in early foul trouble.
In the game last night Allen scored 13 points on 5-6 shooting in 20 minutes of playing time. These aren't numbers that exactly jump out to you if you didn't watch the game, but if you watched the game it was pretty clear that TA played a huge role in the Celtics victory. While in the game TA played well within his role. He attacked the basket, generated energy, didn't take foolish jump shots, and took on the difficult task of guarding Carmelo Anthony.
After the game Tony commented on his play by stating that he is the "Silent Assassin" waiting to be called on.
"'Well, I just look at it like we've got a quiet assassin and whenever you all want to unleash him, he's going to be ready," Stay ready, stay ready, stay ready.' That's what I've been doing, conditioning my body, working on my game with the coaches and strength coach. Today was a day my number got called and I took advantage."
For the remainder of the season Tony's role on this Celtics team remains unknown. Will he find a role in Doc's mind-boggling rotations or will he just be another guy with courtside seats? For now all he can do is stay ready and prove all the doubters (like myself) wrong when he is given the opportunity.