Boston fans should look to former Celtic Tony Allen for inspiration

Memphis guard and defensive stopper Tony Allen, who had a complete game of eight points, four rebounds and three assists last night against The Celtics, has the right attitude about the Boston rebuild.

"T.A." knows a little something about rebuilds considering he endured 2006-07, when he played with the Celtics along with Celtic legend Paul Pierce and under current Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers.

That season's time slogged through 58 defeats, including a franchise-record 18 in a row.

Allen reminisced Monday night before the Grizzlies’ 95-88 win over the Celtics at the FedExForum, via

“With me and Paul, we always had the attitude that, Hey, it’s just temporary, nothing bad is going to last forever.”

Although Celtic fans are discouraged there have been a lot of encouraging signs this season for the future. Boston has lead in all four games in the fourth quarter and with Rajon Rondo on the floor they win at least two of those games.

The one confusing thing about last night's game is Jeff Green had 22 points through three quarters then disappeared in the fourth even though he was frequently defended by the oft hobbled Mike Miller.

He also missed all three shots he took in the final minutes.

Green needs to be assertive, call for the ball and take over games earlier in that situation but I believe this will eventually happen as he grows more accustomed to his leading and starring role with the team.

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