1. CelticsBlog’s Greg Payne discusses what will happen to Tony Allen with the return of Marquis Daniels.
But now, with Daniels set to return at some point within the next month, Allen’s value to this team once again comes into question. Ironically though, he’s played so well throughout Daniels’ absence, that even though the Celtics might not absolutely need Allen, they might not be able to justifiably deny him. His overall game has been consistent enough, he’s performed to his expected level on defense and he’s kept his “boneheaded” plays to a minimum. You know, those plays where you might ask yourself what’s going through that head of his. Now that the Celtics don’t necessarily need him to perform, he’s having arguably his most consistent and productive season to date. His contributions have been valued and because of that consistency this season, there is next to no reason for the Celtics to think they cannot rely on him.
…except his entire career until this season. Allen has been great, but no matter how long this stretch of solid play continues, I will always fear the wheels will fall off at the exact wrong time.
2. In his mailbag, Chris Forsberg’s takes a look at whether Paul Pierce and Eddie House will earn a spot in the three-point contest.
The guess here is that Pierce will get the nod, particularly if he’s already in Dallas as an All-Star reserve. But it’s not like he hasn’t earned the chance regardless of if he plays in Sunday’s game. Pierce is now second in the NBA in 3-point percentage at 47 percent (he’s 20th overall in 3-pointers made with 71). Pierce has stressed numerous times this season how much work he’s put into developing that 3-point shot and he’s been by far the most consistent threat on the Celtics from beyond the arc.
As for House, he’d earn a spot based on reputation alone because his 3-point shooting has been rather abysmal this season (51-of-139, 36.7 percent). One year after shattering Danny Ainge’s franchise record for 3-point percentage (House shot 44.5 percent last season), House should probably take the extended break to revisit the basics rather than worry about an All-Star competition.
3. Paul Pierce and Rasheed Wallace sometimes look a lot worse than they do in basketball uniforms.
4. Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton have been suspended for the rest of the season. If you don’t know why, I suggest you snap out of your coma.
5. Brian Robb from CelticsHub caught up with Doc Rivers and asked him about the team’s defensive rebounding.