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While the current edition of the Boston Celtics continues to resemble the 2008 version, the play off the bench has a great deal to do with said resurgence. Names like Glen Davis, Rasheed Wallace, and Tony Allen have all been significant contributors for the Celtics surprising playoff run. While Wallace and Davis are doing the dirty work, defending folks like Dwight Howard and Shaquille O’Neal, Allen has been the Celtics most (only?) reliable perimeter substitute.
Not only is Allen a much-needed spark plug, he’s also a key contributor to the Celtics highlight reels. Put it this way, if the Celtics go on to win the 2010 NBA Championship, the celebration DVD will feature a number of Tony Allen’s plays. Like the following:
Tony Allen Delivers after the jump >>
…He makes all the Celtics cheerleaders smile. Now, I’m not sure if this image coincided with Allen’s vicious dunk over Antwan Jamison, but we’ll say it did. While everybody is focusing on the LeGone trend, something I’ll get into later because I suck at prognostication, I’d like to take a moment to recognize perhaps the best individual play of the night. Granted, the NBA recognized Ray Allen’s dunk
, but I’m just thinking they got confused.
Either that, or the other Allen’s dunk was just to awesome for them to feature, for fear of breaking YouTube’s servers. Whatever the case, I have little doubt Antwan Jamison won’t forget it:
Video after the jump >>
And with that, the NBA is officially back. As Paul Pierce exploded with emotion, relief after seeing all his hard work and commitment to the once/now great franchise, the NBA came roaring back into our lives. Unlike other ring ceremonies of the past, the recipient team actually won their game, beating LeBron and his new-look Cavaliers, 90-85; however, the game was almost secondary to the celebration.
The Celtics Ring after the jump >>