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NBA: Ray Allen’s Return To Boston!
- Updated: January 27, 2013
Ray Allen is returning to Boston for the first time this season on Sunday. This will be his 16th games visiting Boston, but not as part of the Celtics. This will be his first time as a former Celtic.
Allen knows how the Boston crowd is when you play against them, but he doesn’t know how the crowd is versus Boston’s big rivals, the defending champions, the Miami Heat.
The Heat have blocked the way for Boston’s trip to the Finals for two consecutive seasons.
“I’ve thought about it,” Allen said. “I think more about who, family-wise, is going, who can go and sorting the whole protocol out. I don’t know what to expect from their side. But it’s an interesting concept because I’ve always gotten a warm welcome, even before I started playing there. I just want to win. Everything else will take care of itself.”
Before, Allen would get warm reception with Connecticut, and then in 2008 helped the C’s to victory in the Finals. He bled green. But now he isn’t!
Sunday won’t have anything to do with the Heat. Sunday will be different!
“It’s going to be all about Ray,” Heat forward Chris Bosh said. “Celtic fans, they’re very fixated on the rivalry and ‘How could you do that?’ They’re very passionate.”
We saw that in the season opener for both teams when they played each other. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce seemed to have nothing to do with Ray Allen.
But the Heat are prepared for what the Celtics bring. The Heat have won 4 straight, while the Celtics have dropped 6 straight.
“There’s a lot of stories, but you can throw records out the window when we play Boston,” Wade said. “It’s significant because we have Ray Allen and it’s his first time back, but we’re going on the road and we want to play well and it’s a tough place to play.”
Wade said it doesn’t matter, when the Heat play Boston in Boston, everything changes!
We will have to see who will win!
Image from: BleacherReport.com