Re: CONGRATS to RAY ALLEN!!!!
posted at 6/21/2013 9:59 PM EDT
In response to BostonTrollSpanker's comment:
Respectfully, I disagree with you about Battier being more important than Ray, especially in the playoffs where Battier didn't have 1 good game until game 7. Ray has been the most productive of the role players. I would say Ray deserves most of the credit for how easily the Heats took care of the Bucks in the first round and got Wade all that rest he needed for his knee.
Darkman I'm sure you won't mind if I don't do cartwheels over the success of the Celtics chief rivals the last couple of years.
I don't congratulate Ray Allen but I will say he hit one of the biggest shots in NBA history now that the series is won.
"Who were the people here making fun of Ray saying he was no good or washed up??"
I didn't make fun of him but I did make fun of some folks who claimed a. he was an All Star this year (that's ridiculous) or (more common) b. that the Celtics season would have turned out differently if Allen was on our team. No on both of those points, an obvious no.
Ray made the right choice. On the Heat he was a role player. Battier was arguably more significant overall, Ray didn't have a good series.
But: Ray made the one shot that he came here to make, the one shot you want him taking - not Battier or Miller or even Lebron.
So Ray's season was a success. But he is now a Robert Horry style role player. Not a bad thing to be, I think Horry deserves to be in the Hall of Fame for his post season heroics...and of course Allen has a much deeper career than Horry and Allen is a lock first ballot Hall of Famer.
Oh, one more change on my end. I used to say up until this postseason for one huge shot I would take Reggie Miller over anyone. I'm changing that to Allen now. He's done it too many times for me to hold some of his finals Celtics bricks against him. To go up for that shot and not even have to look down at the line, and to jump behind the line to shoot, that's an incredible shot.
I don't congratulate him in the least but I tip my cap.
Ray was also tremendous for the final dozen games of the regular season when Wade, and Battier were injured, and Lebron was resting, and play huge in role in getting the top seed for the Heats, which payoff with homecourt for game 7.
Ray struggle towards the end of the Bulls and most of the Pacers series because of great defense when they decided to make an effort to not let Ray get open shots and force Wade and Lebron to score, and that was when the Heats started struggling.
Ray was tremendous for most of the finals series though, except third and final game, but even in those games he play a role by opening the floor for Lebron and Wade, just look at his +/- in the series, it's been very good.