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Allen returning to TD Garden was supposed to be the story line — if the Celtics had held up their end of the bargain and flourished with their retooled roster. Instead they are a mess, with a befuddled Doc Rivers unsure in what direction to coach.
One night, the bench disappears, and the next, the starters fail to make an appearance. Against the Hawks, the bench handed a 19-point bulge to the starters, who took merely six minutes to blow it.
After threatening to trade everyone except trainer Ed Lacerte and PR guy Jeff Twiss last Sunday, then watching 20-year-old Cavs rookie Kyrie Irving cement his All-Star status with a 40-point game Tuesday, then looking on as Paul Pierce and Terry committed deflating turnovers against the Knicks, Rivers was left trying to explain the loss in Atlanta.
The issue of Allen coming ...