Allen’s role as a reserve with the Heat is somewhat amusing to Celtics fans who trash him for leaving because he was no longer a starter in Boston. Still, it’s understandable why he would go to Miami: it’s a shot at another ring, he’ll always be open, and the weather is significantly better than it was in his last four basketball outposts: Boston, Seattle, Milwaukee, and Storrs, Conn.
Allen’s first touch resulted in a shot-clock-beating trey from the left corner as Jason Terry rushed to recover. In the final minute of the first, Allen was fouled (by KG) driving and made two free throws while Miami fans chanted, “We got Ray! We got Ray!’’
“That felt good,’’ said Allen. “I never thought I would hear that here.’’
But the takeaway moment of opening night was the Big Chill from Garnett. It was a cold moment, almost Red Sox-ian.
And it made you wonder . . . why does it always end badly in Boston?
Dan Shaughnessy is a Globe columnist. He can be reached at email@example.com