Allen failed to score, adding just two rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes during Wednesday's 96-78 loss to the Raptors.
Allen moved back to the bench with Terry Rozier back in the starting lineup. He was invisible on the court and one the Celtics start getting some of their players back, Allen is going to fall back out of the rotation. Leave him on the waivers.
Allen, with Terry Rozier (ankle) available and back in the starting five, will come off the bench for Wednesday's contest against Toronto, Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports.
Allen didn't play particularly well during his first career start, providing two points, two assists, one rebound, one steal and a block in 23 minutes. That said, with Rozier back in action, Allen should go back to his usual role, where he's presumably more comfortable.
Allen delivered two points (1-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt), two assists, one rebound, one steal and one block across 23 minutes in Tuesday's 106-102 loss to the Bucks.
Allen drew his first career NBA start due to injuries to Kyrie Irving (knee), Marcus Smart (thumb), Terry Rozier (ankle) and Shane Larkin (illness). That's a lengthy list, so you'd be correct in assuming that Allen didn't necessarily earn the start. In fact, Allen had played less than 40 NBA minutes before last night's loss. Boston is hoping that Rozier and/or Larkin can return to action Wednesday versus Toronto, which would result in Allen returning to his usual reserve role. In 13 games this season, Allen has averaged less than five minutes per contest.
Allen will get the start at point guard Tuesday against the Bucks.
The Celtics are essentially down to their final option with Marcus Smart, Kyrie Irving and Terry Rozier all out of action Tuesday. Coach Brad Stevens will turn to Allen, the former Arizona product who's logged fewer than 40 NBA minutes on the season. Allen played eight minutes in Saturday's win over Toronto, finishing with no points, one assist, three fouls and a turnover.
Allen delivered one assist and committed one turnover and three fouls in eight minutes of run during Saturday's 110-99 home win over the Raptors.
Allen, a two-way contract player who has spent most of the season with the Maine Red Claws, was forced into action for Boston due to injuries to guards Kyrie Irving (knee), Marcus Smart (thumb) and Shane Larkin (illness). Despite the Celtics claiming their sixth straight win, Allen's contribution was minimal. With Larkin expected to return Tuesday, Allen will return to his role of providing emergency backcourt depth.
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