As we all know by now, Ray Allen is - or will be on July 11th - the newest member of the Celtics Eastern Conference rival, the Miami Heat. Before the news became official, I noticed many Celtics fans, (whether it was here on Celticslife, Twitter, Facebook, wherever) were completely bashing Ray and throwing him under the bus. I know everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I believe many of you don't appreciate the things that Ray has done in his time in Boston. Whether it be his community service, or running Boston marathons with his mom, or draining a game winning three in the face of Joakim Noah, I believe most of his work has gone unappreciated by most of us.
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Fast forward to the tailend of the 2008-2009 season. The reigning NBA Champion Celtics are in the 1st round of the playoffs matched up against the Chicago Bulls, and we were without you know who. Ray started this years postseason with a 1-12 FG, 4 point performace in a loss to the Bulls. Ray quickly bounced back and poured his heart into this series, scoring 30, 18, 28, an epic 51, and 23 in games two, three, four, six, and seven respectively. Most of us (well, just about all of us including myself) will say Rondo was our MVP of that years playoffs, but Rays' performances were definitely overlooked by many.
Jump to the 2011-2012 season, which would be Allens' final season doning a Celtic uniform. During a midseason west coast road trip, Allen rolled his ankle, giving Bradley the green light at a starters position. Ray's ankle worsened throughout the remainder of the season and into the playoffs, but Allen decided to give it a go in Game 3 vs the Hawks. This is where I feel Ray has been unappreciated the most. Allen, playing w/bone spurs in his injured ankle, played in 18 playoff games, even taking his starters spot back due to Bradleys bothersome shoulders. Some Celtics fans complained that Ray wasn't the same when he played, but you can't be upset with Allens' effort and heart. His jumpshot wasn't falling with consistency, he still needed to run his screen marathons to get open looks, he had to guard quicker, younger guards (Andre Iguodala, Dwyane Wade, Joe Johnson for example) but you never heard any complaints from Ray.
ᴘᴇᴀɴᴜᴛ ʙᴜᴛᴛᴇʀ ʙ. 7/07/2012 10:00:00 AM Tweet