BOSTON (AP) -Boston Celtics backup guard Tony Allen is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks after having thumb surgery on Wednesday.
The operation repaired ligaments in the left thumb of the veteran of five NBA seasons, all with the Celtics. Allen was hurt during practice last week.
He is averaging 7.8 points in 40 games this season and 7.4 for his career. His career high of 11.5 points per game came in 2006-07, but he was limited to 33 games by a knee injury.
The surgery took place one day after the Celtics sent guard Sam Cassell and cash to the Sacramento Kings for a second-round pick in the 2015 draft. Cassell did not play for Boston this season.

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