http://celtics.bostonherald.com/celtics/view.bg?articleid=77639Asked how Tony Allen was taking his demotion from the starting lineup, Doc Rivers said, ``Probably not great.''
In fact Allen has been dealing with it as well as any coach could hope. The rookie has taken the disappointment with understanding and resolve.
``It was a privilege that's been taken from me, but I know that it was what I was doing on the court that made me lose that spot,'' Allen said. ``I wasn't doing the little things, and I know that now. Basically all it is is about me bringing it like I was and hopefully I can get back into that position. But I think it was a good move for the team.
``I just think that was a good decision for the team. Delonte (West) missed a few games, but he showed he's been working hard and he wanted to play. He did it in practice and it carried over. He showed Doc in practice and Doc saw he could trust him by what he was doing there. That's just what's up. The bottom line is you've got to win, and we all have to show that we're going to do what it takes.
``When I get back out there I've just got to show them I'm ready to hoop and just go from there.''
Looking at Allen's playing time prognosis, Rivers said, ``When you pick your play up and your intensity up and your focus up, then you will pick your minutes up. That's just the way it should be. But I give him credit. He's been working on it.''