The Boston Celtics' injury woes continue! Shane Larkin and Terry Rozier have officially been ruled OUT for tonight's matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks, leaving the team thin at the point guard position.
This will be Allen's thirteenth game putting on the hallowed, green jersey.
Kadeem has played in 34 games for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA G-League, and is averaging 17.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 2.2 steals per game. He currently leads the team in assists and steals.
Now yes, Kadeem Allen has only played 37 NBA minutes.
But he played nearly 1,200 at point this year in Maine..
He had a 2.1/1 A/TO ratio. And the Red Claws were +2 in those 1,200 minutes, -152 in the 1,200 minutes he was off the floor (with a defensive rating two points higher) https://t.co/hf42samewE
Allen is known for his defensive ability, and should prove worthy guarding Eric Bledsoe, and maybe even some Giannis Antetokounmpo in tonight's game.
Allen will be the only traditional point-guard to suit up for the Cs tonight, so we can expect some unconventional lineups from Brad. I'm particularly excited for some point-center action from Al Horford, but we should also be on the look out for Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris to see some minutes running the point.
It's weird. We're at game 77 of the NBA season, and I'm not worried at all that the Celtics are starting a G-Leaguer against a playoff team. With Brad Stevens at the helm, it seems like anyone can be a legit NBA talent. The league should just announce Coach of the Year now. The choice is obvious, so just get it over with already.