TA returns to Garden

BOSTON -- Tony Allen is back in Boston for the first time since bolting for Memphis as a free agent this offseason, a move that coach Doc Rivers admitted took him and the organization by surprise. Allen admitted there were some nostalgia coming back to the Garden, but said his focus was on business for a Grizzlies team fighting for a final playoff berth.

"It's where I started my career off at, you know?" said Allen. "I've been through some good times, I've been through some bad times here, but, for the most part, I'm very excited to be back here and hopefully we can get the win today."

Allen did note that it was odd coming to the arena as a visitor.

"I came in through the back way, and that was kind of like a pinch on the cheek or something, like, 'Wow, I've never been this way,'" said Allen. "I came in through the back and that's when I really knew, 'Hey, I'm not a Celtic [any] more. It's time to come out here, scrap, and fight and get a win.' But, for the most part it's special because I've got a lot of good memories here, and I'm happy to be here, so it's going to be fun today."