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Really quietly, Ray Allen’s ankle’s not totally OK

Sep 30, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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For some reason, this just skated on through media day on Friday, and no one really picked up on it. From our own Ira Winderman at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

Ray Allen said ankle issue likely will be ongoing throughout the season, something he will have to manage.

He said he never wanted to let on publicly how serious it was last season in Boston.

via Ira Winderman’s post on Miami Heat | Latest updates on Sulia.

Wait, hold on there. The idea was that after surgery to repair the bone spurs in his ankle after the Celtics’ loss to the Heat in the Conference Finals, he’d be totally fine, and that he’d be healthy. This does change things a bit.

Allen’s problem last year, and why he wound up sliding out of the starting spot, was his inability to really keep pace on the floor. He physically couldn’t move as fast and at times it was downright painful to watch. That ankle is kind of necessary for running and pivoting and turning and any lingering issue is going to affect not only his ability to stay within the defensive system, but his ability to make those cuts and turns that free him up for the corner three.

This is not a minor thing, this is a huge addition to Miami who fills a major gap for them admitting that he’s going to keep having problems with a very painful injury that held him out of games in the playoffs and limited his effectiveness. It may not be a major problem, he’s not acting like he’s still limping around. But it is something to keep an eye out for as we wait to see this upgraded version of the Death Star.

  1. 1historian - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    He’s not a starter, he knew he would be coming off the bench when he signed, I would imagine the Heat knew all this before they signed him.

    Keep your panties on Matt.

  2. pantsfreezone - Oct 1, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Oh no the 6th option on a talented championship team is going to be limited sometimes!

    Miami doesn’t need Ray-Ray to be twenty five again. They need him to be a rocket launching three ball machine for 20 minutes a game. Relax,

    • nbascreed - Oct 1, 2012 at 6:17 AM

      Yeah…I don’t like this ankle thing. In order for him to be a “rocket launching three ball machine” he needs to feel physically capable or relatively physically capable. He clearly wasn’t last year and lost his spot to Avery Bradley, if this is still lingering and hasn’t been fixed (in Ray’s mind at least) then not sure what kind of production we’ll get. If the Heat go small, and that definitely seems like the direction, Walt is your most natural fit at the two (Wade as your big wing) to ensure opposing coaches don’t counter with a bigger lineup. Spoelstra and Riley know this (even if the casual fan doesn’t) and Walt was their answer for this.

  3. dysraw1 - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Chris Paul will fix those ankles up quickly

  4. eventhorizon04 - Oct 1, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    “This is not a minor thing, this is a huge addition to Miami who fills a major gap for them admitting that he’s going to keep having problems with a very painful injury that held him out of games in the playoffs and limited his effectiveness.”

    …Major gap? What major gap? Pretend Ray Allen retires tomorrow – Miami is left with only Mike Miller, Rashard Lewis, Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier, James Jones, and Josh Harrelson as three point shooters – all are career 35+% shooters from 3, and Jones and Miller have been closer to 45% in recent years. Chris Bosh has been working on his 3 point shot, and you can ask Boston and OKC whether or not his shot improved (he shot over 50% from 3 in the ECF and Finals).

    “It may not be a major problem, he’s not acting like he’s still limping around. But it is something to keep an eye out for as we wait to see this upgraded version of the Death Star.”

    …He’s doing much better than “not limping around.” He’s practicing with the team and reportedly looks very good. Playing Ray Allen 40 minutes a game for 82 games plus the playoffs probably isn’t an option, but it’s not exactly what the plans were for him anyway. Wade plays for 30-35 minutes, Ray plays for 15-20 minutes, and they’re on the court together for a few minutes a game. Nothing too strenuous.

  5. paulhargis53 - Oct 1, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    He could barely give the Celtics that last year and they are still causing him issues. His shooting suffered tremendously. Before these articles, he was the “final piece” the “dagger”. Now he’s just another guy. You heat fans are so cute. You’re just about as hateable as Lakers fans.

  6. rocirius - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    It would be ironic if he did retire. That would really do the Celtics a favor!

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