TA making immediate impact
But Allen far exceeded even his own expectations Thursday night in Washington.
Allen connected on 4 of 5 shots for eight points, with three rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes. Most impressively, he finished with a game-high plus-14 in the plus/minus category, showing how much he contributed at both ends of the floor in a dominant second quarter for the Green.
“[Allen] was big for us," said Celtics captain Paul Pierce. "He came in and gave us some very productive minutes. He was able to play defense for us and he came back in the nick of time with Marquis being out so he was able to fill the void. We are able to put him on different guys, defensively, and what people don’t know is that he can get to the basket and score the ball, too.”
Celtics coach Doc Rivers showered praise on a second unit that featured Allen, Shelden Williams, Rasheed Wallace and Eddie House -- along with a combination of Pierce and Ray Allen -- in helping Boston open a 14-point halftime advantage.
"Tony was terrific," said Rivers. "That's what our bench has to do at times, help stretch out that lead."
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