Why we care if C's lose Tony Allen

After years of false starts, Celtics guard was finally getting it

Updated: July 11, 2010, 11:44 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

When the 2009-10 season began with Tony Allen sidelined by an ankle injury, it was met with shrugged shoulders. Just Tony being Tony.

In six injury-riddled seasons in Boston, Allen missed a total of 156 games, or a staggering 26 games per season. Only twice did he appear in 75 games or more in a campaign, while missing at least 28 games in each of his other four seasons.

So when Allen sat out the first 20 games this past season with a sore right ankle, an injury aggravated by his ...

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