The Celtics [team stats] tried to give Ray Allen a chill. Many turned a cold shoulder when their former-teammate-turned rival attempted to greet them during the game. But maybe the strategy was fated to fail. Consider the circumstances: This is Miami, and the guy is now playing for a team called the Heat. So while Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo [stats] and others rebuffed Allen's warm offerings and shied away, they and their mates might have been better off standing a little closer to the NBA's all-time leading 3-point shooter on the floor. In the Celts' 120-107 season-opening loss to Miami, Allen was everything the Shamrocks wanted him to be for them when they offered him twice the money he took here to remain in Boston. He came off the bench to score 13 of his 19 points in the first half, hitting 2-of-3 treys for the night. The first 3-pointer came on Allen's first offensive possession as a Heatian. "First play on the floor, and we leave Ray open on the baseline corner," coach Doc Rivers said. "You would think we would know better." A short time later, Allen, who signed with Miami as a free agent, stepped to the free throw line and the crowd broke into a chant of "We got Ray." It was later altered to "We love Ray," but it's a fair bet none of the Celtics joined in. Allen entered the game after a timeout with Heat teammate Dwyane Wade at the line and 2:45 left in the opening period. He walked over to the Celtics bench and exchanged handshakes with some of the coaches, but when he got to Garnett, icicles formed. "No, he didn't react," Allen said. "But you guys know KG. You guys know KG. I ask you, did you expect him to react? I don't take anything from it. You know, Kevin, he's an intense competitor. On the bench, he's in a different world. He's in a different zone. And the five years I played with him, you just have to respect that."
Heat's on, but Ray Allen's cool
Boston Herald | Oct 31