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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. Stephen Call - Jul 15, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Whatever

  2. Armchair NBA Analyst - Jul 15, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Let’s bear this in mind. When Lebron James came into the league one of the biggest knocks on him was that he had a pass first mentality. That’s exactly what Miami needs him to do, and he is amazing when he does that. He elevates the game of his teammates. The problem is that fame has now gone to his head and he view himself as the “King” (note his twitter name – @kingjames). If he can get back to being the unselfish player he was when he came into the league, I think they will be ok. In the spirit of full disclosure, I am a Laker fan and so naturally I would not pick Miami to beat L.A. next year. Last time I checked we still had the best player in the league, one of the best defenses in the league (especially when it counts in the playoffs), and the best coach in the league. Miami may end up with the best record in the regular season but as last year showed, that means jack!

  3. Tony Montana - Jul 15, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    As a Miami fan I think we should be concerned with every team in the east and not take any of them lightly. That being said, I am very confident this team is more than a match for Boston. D. Wade practically played Boston by himself and they had to double team him the whole series to stop the upset from happening. Now you don’t have that option. Now you are going to have 5 good players on the court. 3 of them all stars and two that need constant double team. This is why the Lakers have been so successful, all the others players are good which frees up Kobe to do some damage. Imagine what the Lakers could do with 2 Kobes. Well that is exactly where Miami will be, It may not happen overnight, but we will get there. So to all the haters, hating is for suckaz. If it was your team you would be happy too.

  4. your mom - Jul 18, 2010 at 10:47 PM

    Ray Allen has every right to talk. His team has proven that they are good. Yeah they are old and will be declining, but they have still proven they were the best and pretty close to the best again. So far the heat have proven nothing, no games played yet. Yeah the heat will be good if nothing bad happens. (hey what if lebron walks in on wade screwing his mama too and snaps this time kills wade and lebron goes to jail, good luck with just bosh lol) all jokes aside, the heat will do really well, I think the main problem is that lebron ran to his daddy wade with his tail between his legs because he doesn’t want to put forth the effort to win without other stars. He could have gone anywhere, somewhere with good roll players maybe another star and any championship he won would have been legit. Now he has completely ruined his legacy. Jordan stayed with the bulls, kobe stayed with the lakers after shaq left. Lebron ran to a proven winner in wade. Infact he ran to wade following another really good player in bosh. That is the main problem, lebron is not the king everyone expected him to be, but a sad little princess who wasn’t winning so ran to a real king to help him get a ring. Oh and miami won’t be the reason for selling out games in my home town. We have sold out over 100 consecutive games despite major injuries to most of our team, plus we hold the all time record of 814 consecutive sold out games from 77 to 95. It’s called real basketball fans, not bandwagon bitches who are all excited about their new team.

  5. cindy - Aug 11, 2010 at 9:11 AM

    its funny how people like to talk about bandwagon fans. the only fans who i can say where there for their teams losing where the Lakers. now on to this “bandwagon” topic. its funny to me because the Celtics before 2007-2008 were(still are) the most successful franchise in NBA history yet they couldn’t sell out that TD garden nightly. it wasn’t until the big 3 came thats when people started to recognize the Celtics again. atleast with the Lakers they had that losing period in the last decade 2004-2007 but they still packed staples center. the TD garden was empty and now you see a whole bunch of Celtic fans coming out the woodwork. im not even a laker fan (basketball fan) but to hear people talk about bandwagon when their specific team has alot of them baffles me. bandwagon fans are everywhere. they are in the best sports town and they are in the worst sports town.

  6. Ron - Aug 11, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    you are so right. i have to admit i didn’t start to like the Celtics until they started to win. im not afraid to admit that. you are right bandwagon fans are everywhere. its human nature to pay ateention to a team alot more when that start to win.

  7. Anonymous - Aug 13, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    Agreed

  8. Ralph - Aug 19, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Agree with everything you said. Celtics fans like to call people bandwagon but they couldn’t even fill up their arena nightly. i remember i went to a Celtics game before the big 3 came and it was empty. even my friends who were Celtics “fans” were given free tickets but refused to go. every since their big 3 now you see all thses “fans”. where were they before? smh

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