Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff January 4, 2010 06:03 PM
The 40 extra minutes Tony Allen spent after practice today was essentially a "What Would Rondo Do?" session. Allen, finding himself running the point with Rajon Rondo recovering from a tweaked hamstring, worked on all types of drills from pick and rolls to "rejects" or basically, "some of everything Rondo would do in a game,Ē he said.
Heís had to make a quick adjustment since returning to action in mid-December. Once taking things slowly, he now has to assume as much of the floor generalís responsibilities as he can without overwhelming himself.
Against Toronto, Doc Rivers kept things simple, installing just four sets in practice the day before and calling more plays that he normally does.
As far as learning it all, Allen said, ďThe hardest thing is just remembering the plays from the point guard position, I know all the plays from a wing position, but itís just hard remembering where to cut to sometimes off of certain plays.Ē
He hasnít been shy about asking for help.
ďWith things I have problems with, I always pull coach to the side, ask him to draw it up real quick again,Ē Allen said. ďStuff like that will help me. I donít take much, because I basically know the play Iíve just got to find out what my position is, whatíll be my outlets and what Iím looking for in those plays I called.Ē
His thought process has to change now that his role has, for instance, he has to be aware that because Ray Allen is a catch-and-shoot player and J.R. Giddens is more of a spot up shooter, certain plays cater more to their individual abilities.
ďItís like homework,Ē Allen said. ďYouíve just got to basically know your assignment.Ē Allen joked that he was ready for Rondo to return, only so he could return to making plays like these.
"Iím the type of player where, if Iím on the break, I like giving it to Rondo and letting him get me open and I get that finish," Allen said. "Now, Iím on the break now, Iíve got to give that thing up. Now Iíve got to make the play."