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Tony Allen went through a year of recovery this past season after a devastating knee injury derailed his 2006-2007 campaign. Allen did come back to play through the entire 2007-2008 season but his numbers were down from how he played before his injury.
Before his injury, Allen was basically the team’s best player after Paul Pierce went down with an ankle injury. Allen really stepped up and provided an offensive spark that the Celtics needed without their captain. However, his knee injury suffered when attempting a stupid dunk slowed his development significantly. He lost confidence that he could sprint and drive to the lane on his recovering knee. It’s a good thing that he was not needed as much to step up after the arrival of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.
Throughout the season, Allen was forced to wear a knee brace to keep his knee from getting hurt again. Tony finally removed his brace toward the late stages of the playoffs and that most likely shows that he has fully recovered.
Allen was a guy that could come in for the Celtics to make defensive stops thanks to his great defensive skills. While he was not a guy that could really put up some fast points for the Celtics, he still could find ways to score. He finished the season with averages of 6.6 points, 2.2. rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. He played in 75 games this season and saw action in 15 of the Celtics playoff games.
Where does Allen go from here?
Tony Allen may have already played his last game in Boston, unless the Celtics do not manage to re-sign James Posey. Allen is a very good perimeter defender and was able to slow down Kobe Bryant a bit in the NBA Finals. The future of Allen and the Celtics is still up for grabs as he is one of their free agents this off season. We will see what the Celtics decide to do with Allen and whether he will continue to be a member of the Green next season.
Should the Celtics re-sign Tony Allen?
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