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Celtics Ray Allen on Miami: We're still the better team

Jul 14, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for RAllen_three.jpgThe Boston Celtics are the defending Eastern Conference champions. Miami, if you want that crown you are going to have to fight them for it.

Ray Allen — who made it official yesterday inking his deal to stay a Celtic — said he and his teammates are ready to show Miami what team basketball looks like (as reported by the Boston Herald).

“We look forward to playing (Miami),” he said. “We feel like we’re the better team – the team to beat in the East. We definitely look forward to that matchup.”

Of course, when Boston first got Allen — the same year they got Kevin Garnett also to pair with Paul Pierce and form “the big three” — it was the year they won the NBA championship. And with all due respect to Boston, the combination of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh has more raw talent.

So how is this different?

“But the question is whether they’re ready to sacrifice – make the ultimate sacrifice. It’s not about numbers. It’s not about accolades. When we did this in `07 that’s what we all knew and what we all said. It didn’t matter. The question that was posed to us was who was going to take the last shot. We all said the guy who’s open. When you go through it you get so used to it. That first year I wouldn’t say was frustrating – it was an adjustment we all had to make.”

We’ll see if the big egos in Miami are ready to do the same (they did sacrifice money, but that is different). If not, Boston will remain the better team.

  1. My favorite team... - Jul 14, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    is any team playing against the miami heat. Looking forward to their demise and drama against one another. LeBron is not mature enough to lose the “chosen one” mentaltity and REALLY play Robin to Wade’s Batman.
    Go Lakers, Go Celtics, Go Magic, Go every team in the NBA except the heat.

  2. Raining threes - Jul 14, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Yeah, and Boston had a developing PG, an athletic, defensive-minded C and a decent bench. Miami has……. Juwan Howard, Z, and Haslem.

  3. Miami's best - Jul 14, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Why is all the hating, why is miami the most wanted team on the NBA. cant wait for November to here. the only team on the east that is worth a cent ( Orlando ) . Celtics are old and worn out. btw the firts comment most be from a cav’s fan. i know it hurts , i know it does. the king has his trone in Miami now.

  4. sportsheroes - Jul 14, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    thats right the celtics are going to show the heat who’s no. 1 as soon as 4 of the starters have their knee replacement surgeries done.

  5. sportsheroes - Jul 14, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    and the celtics decent bench just signed with memphis, he was the better of the 2 allen’s by the way and their center won’t be able to play until halfway into the season. good luck with those stiffs. they should all retire before they embarrass themselves by calling themselves the favorites when they can hardly run up and down the court anymore. all you have to do is look at film to see allen and pierce standing around trying to catch their wind on the offense. thats why they love rondo because half the time he runs the break while they stand bent over at the defensive end. they had their run, even their draft pick is a bust.

  6. Jabberwocky - Jul 14, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Miami makes the Celtics look like a classy team after the cherade, spectacle they put on. Like many, I’ll be rooting for the Gang Green and any other team pitted against these fools from the city that doesn’t care.

  7. jeff - Jul 14, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    yuuuuuuuuuup, glad ray is backing me up.
    hey sportsheroes, was that film during them becoming conference champs and running the cavs out of their own gym in game 6?! hahah the draft pick is a bust and hasn’t even played in a regular season game yet, i love it. luke harongady went for 23 and 7 in his first summer league game, he looks prime for 1st team all-rookie… “their draft pick is a bust” he says…ITS JUNE!

  8. GetReal - Jul 14, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Maybe Ray Allen should worry more about playing consistently in back-to-back games before touting his teams greatness. The guy sets a record one game, then looks like he couldn’t cut it in the D-League the next. Rondo carried the Celtics old asses throughout the playoffs, then looked slow and tired in the Finals. Now his supporting cast is another year older and he’s not gonna have his ‘defensive-minded C’ until probably December. Boston will be lucky to come in 4th in the improved East this year.
    1. Miami
    2. Orlando/Chicago
    3. Orlando/Chicago
    4. Atlanta
    5. Boston

  9. GetReallyReal - Jul 14, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    LeBron will be too distracted with all of the honies in SB. Then, once his GF (the mother of his children) starts giving him flack, he’ll be too distracted. The girls in SB aren’t as discreet as the girls in Macao.

  10. Shazam - Jul 14, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    I agree. Boston isn’t afraid of Miami’s front-line. Haslem averaged 6 points, 7.4 rebounds, 35% FG percentage. Big Z averaged 1.7 points 1.6 reboudns and 38.5 FG%. Not exactly fear inspiring performances…

  11. JD - Jul 14, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Ironic, considering the name you used for yoru post.
    To Ray Allen: No %#@^ Sherlock!
    Eastern Conference 2010-2011
    1. Magic
    2. Celtics
    3. Heat
    4. Bulls
    5. Hawks

  12. makeme - Jul 14, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    I’m from Detroit and I know a thing or two about BB. The Heat will run most of these teams out of the gym . They definitely have the best “Big” three in the game. They have alrteady “jelled”, which most of you “media reading idiots” are not aware of . Stay away from reading “expert” opions and see the Final results.

  13. Anonymous - Jul 14, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    look at the role players for the 1996 Bulls that went 72-10. Bill Wennington, Jud Buechler, Dickey Simpkins, James Edwards, Jason Caffey, Randy Brown, John Salley. those 7 guys averaged 3.45 PPG. If I recall they did pretty well for 3 straight years (96-98) if Big Z does nothing but get few rebounds and take up space in the paint and put a body on the other center then he did his job.

  14. downtown - Jul 14, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Everyone wrote the Celtics off last year, and yet they took LA to 7 games, and actually should have won the game. Until someone beats them, they can talk whatever noise they want. I don’t know how many more times we need to hear the Celtics are old. True, but they still win. They also have one of the most talented PGs in the game. The age arguement, for lack of better terms, is “old.”

  15. JD - Jul 14, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    Kurt seems to miss one key issue that is different betwen 2007-2008 Boston and 2010-2011 Miami: Role Players
    2007-2008 Boston had Rondo, Perkins, Baby Davis, and let’s not forget Leon Powe and the role he played. They also had key physical veteran preferences in Brown and Posey.
    With the exception of Miller and MAYBE Haslem. They have no solid role players to surround their core, and this is their biggest weakness.

  16. dclakerfan - Jul 14, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    this is going to be an interesting season…miami’s move is going to be compared to what the celtics did in 07 when the picked up garnett and allen that year they won the title with older players..should the heat fail to do it with younger more talented(cough)players they will be considered failures..the talent level is not in question but can these guys play together all season at a very hi level like boston did 2 years ago..their over the top celebration is going to come back and bite them in the a$$..i hav no problem doing wat u need to do but to throw it up in peoples faces the way they did insults and degrades the nba or should i say jba(jokester basketball assoc)..young men with a lot of money make a farce out of an instituition shows lack of respect and loyalty to those that buy tickets and merchandice that pay your enormouse salary..good luck heat but the road to the championship goes thru and will stay in LA LAKERNATION CELEBRATION X 3!!!!!!!!!

  17. Anonymous - Jul 14, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    I can’t wait to come back in June and here everyones response when Miami is champions. we have 2 of the best 3 players in the league and 3 of the top 10. Mike Miller will get wide opens shots all day (48% 3 point shooter last year) cause of all the double and triple teams. Udonis Haslem was a key part of the 06 team. like D-Wade said all the other teams can thank Miami for there team selling out that night when Miami goes on the road. this will be the most watched team in NBA history

  18. MagicFan1 - Jul 14, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Everybody keeps comparing the Miami big 3 to the Celtics big 3 when they first came together. You better put it into context. This is not the same Eastern Conference that the Celtics ran the table on. Orlando has risen and so has Chicago since 2007. Chicago was the #1 rebounding team in the league last year even before Boozer came on board. It is going to be a dog fight in the East this year.
    My picks;
    1. Orlando
    2. Miami
    3. Boston/Chicago

  19. JD - Jul 14, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    I hope you don’t get bored while you keep waiting….

  20. Mo - Jul 14, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Not a single guy you mentioned played more than 10 min/game in the playoffs. If you count Chicago’s big 3 as Jordan, Pippen and Rodman, the next 4 guys in minutes were Kerr, Harper, Longley and Kukoc. All of them, except for Longley, had a higher PER than Mike Miller does, the Heat’s 4th best player. The guys you mentioned were the scrubs of the team, not the role players. What you did is like trotting out Josh Powell, DJ Mbenga and Adam Morrison out as the Lakers’ role players, while ignoring Lamar Odom, Derek Fisher and Ron Artest.

  21. neal - Jul 14, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Celtics got beat just last june, stop with this nonsense. Last time I checked the Lakers had a championship parade 4 weeks ago. 2 years in a row.

  22. Anonymous - Jul 14, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    Ron Harper and Luc Longley were starters, we are talking about guys off the bench. I named 7 guys you named 3. steve kerr averaged 8.4 PPG in 1996. last year Miller averaged 10.9 ppg on .501 shooting and .480 on 3s
    if you take the 12 man playoff roster of the 1996 bulls and remove the 5 starters you have 7 guys who averaged 5.75 PPG, so the point is you don’t have to have an all star bench to win as I have pointed out. I love stats, they don’t lie. roll players are important, guys can come in and play 15 minutes and not score a single point and get you back in the game. but in the end it’s always going to be your top 3-5 guys on the team that’s going to get it done for you. and there won’t be a starting 5 in the NBA who can come close to what Miami will have on the floor in November!

  23. davidly - Jul 14, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    You got that right. “Old” is old. Too old is what the Celts were supposed to be last year to make it past “LeBron’s Cavs”. We saw how that worked out. Too old and slow is what D Fisher was supposed to be. We saw how that turned out.
    Too old to repeat is what the Bulls were supposed to be in 98, a concept which only emboldened J Krause to give up on trying to keep three future HoFers together for a fourth championship. Think about that? 62 wins, a third straight NBA title (winning 4-2), and he casts them to the winds. Too old my ass.

  24. Anonymous - Jul 14, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    here is the best part. out of Miami’s big 3, D-Wade is the oldest at 28. I’m not saying that Miami can’t beat Boston or LA right now, but in 2 years those two teams will be finished. Phil Jackson will be gone, Kobe will be 34 and slowing down, fisher will be 38, Garnett and Pierce will not be the same and Miami will just be hitting there stride with no other team even close to them, they will be running other teams out of the building. they will play this season to find out what other holes they need to fill, but after 2011 there is no reason why we can’t see the first 4-peat in 50 years.

  25. mikesporty - Jul 14, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    The celtics were old last year… even older this year… they will give miami heat a fighting chance in the east, but in the end, the lakers will prevail and become champions once more… three-peat!

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