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Despite boos, Ray Allen loves Boston

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Ray Allen said he never has had his number retired at any level, and that if the Celtics became the first team to do so, “it would probably be one of the single greatest honors in my career.”

Allen, speaking Wednesday before the Celtics faced the Heat at TD Garden, also said, “Regardless of what happens in the rafters, I look up there [and] there’s a banner. And that’s what makes it so special.”

It was clear at game time that Celtics fans still have mixed feelings about Allen for signing with the Heat in 2012 after five seasons in Boston.

Allen checked in to a hearty round of boos, and fans booed each time he touched the ball, cheering only if he missed a shot.

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