First, Red’s Army does a rundown of the injury and how it affects everyone in the lineup. Here’s what they had to say about Tony Allen:
He’s the first choice to get more minutes. He can spell both Ray and Paul and in case of emergency, he can dribble the ball up court with his knuckles and run the point. Defensively, especially in man-to-man situations, Tony is an upgrade over Daniels. However, while Marquis was a steady player, Allen has ups-and-downs like no other.
Then, Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston offers his take on the situation, saying the Celtics need to finally address their backup point guard issues:
Maybe it’s time to ask Tyronn Lue if he’s certain he’s played his last basketball. The 32-year-old Lue, brought in to be the Celtics Director of Basketball Development in late October, has shown he’s still got plenty of talent left in him when he works out with the team in practice or before games.
Heck, Lue is only five months older than Paul Pierce. He averaged 8.5 points and 3.1 assists over an 11-year career.
About the only problem we see is that Lue’s familiar No. 10 is retired in Boston. Maybe he could sweet-talk Jo Jo White into pulling it down from the rafters for the final 60 games of the 2009-10 season.
Finally, Brian Robb of Celtics Hub discusses his idea that Rajon Rondo is better off playing some minutes with the second unit, to help offset the loss of Daniels’ ball-handling abilities:
With Rondo playing with the 2nd unit, setting the tone and getting out in transition, the Celtics have a better opportunity to create easier buckets for themselves, instead of over-relying on Pierce and Ray Allen to jumpstart the offense. It also keeps the ball out of the hands of Eddie House more, which allows him to be at his most dangerous on the floor.
So that rant went longer than expected but my point is essentially clear: I expect the trends from last night to continue as far as Rondo playing with the 2nd unit. Rondo is only playing 33 minutes a game at this point, so he can handle the uptick in minutes better than Ray and Pierce can. He has set the tone for this offense all year long, and it’s wise to incorporate that into the 2nd unit rather than let it philander without a true point in the lineup.
My thoughts? I don’t think Tyronn Lue is the answer. He couldn’t even play minutes ahead of Anthony Johnson last year, remember? There’s a reason he was signed as the Director of Basketball Development rather than a player, and that reason is that he’s washed up.
Tony Allen isn’t the answer, either, and I don’t like playing Paul Pierce or Ray Allen more minutes. I’d like to see Billy Walker called up to finally get his chance to play some meaningful minutes, but my gut tells me that won’t happen.
My gut tells me were going to be seeing a lot of Tony Motherf—ing Allen.