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Ray Allen hits a clutch three to help Heat bury the Spurs (VIDEO)

Nov 30, 2012, 12:05 AM EDT

This game wasn’t about who won or lost necessarily, considering Gregg Popovich’s decision to send home his three best players before it even got started.

The controversy created by that move will be discussed for days, and maybe longer depending on what David Stern has in mind for Popovich and the Spurs as punishment for resting his healthy stars against the defending champs in a game that was nationally televised.

But there was competitive basketball played in spite of the Spurs’ attempt at derailing things, and Ray Allen made sure the Heat wouldn’t be losing to a bunch of scrubs.

Down by one with under 30 seconds remaining, LeBron James dribbles into the paint and is momentarily stripped by the defensive combination of Tiago Splitter and Nando De Colo. With the defense collapsing to try to gain possession, LeBron ends up with the ball and finds Allen on the wing, who calmly drains a three-pointer with the shot clock winding down to give his team the lead for good.

This was remarkably similar to how things ended for Miami against the Cavaliers just a few days earlier, although this particular defensive lapse on Allen was more understandable considering that the ball was momentarily in play.

Still, this proves yet again why the addition of Allen was such a deadly one for this Miami Heat team. You almost have to double or play a scheme involving all five players with the ball in Lebron’s hands in late-game situations, but if you do, you leave one of the greatest shooters the game has ever seen wide open to beat you from the outside.

  1. dko83 - Nov 29, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Heat should’ve won this game by 25 points.

    • bozosforall - Nov 30, 2012 at 12:02 AM

      But they didn’t.

      Nice to see Ray Allen show once again what idiots the Puh C’s we’re for running him off.

      • dko83 - Nov 30, 2012 at 1:09 AM

        lol, that 7-8 is making you even more obnoxious than usual…

      • bozosforall - Nov 30, 2012 at 10:32 PM

        Only losers like you worry about early season records. I focus on 5-1…the relative number of NBA titles that the Lakers have won versus what he Puh C’s have won in the new millenium. Sucks to be a Puh C’s fan.

      • hehateme2 - Nov 30, 2012 at 7:50 AM

        He looks re-born. I’m sure he’s glad to out of beantown and with a Champion!

      • bozosforall - Nov 30, 2012 at 10:32 PM

        Plenty glad to see him outta there.

  2. livingsacrifice86 - Nov 30, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    It’s the NBA. Everyone is talented, and any team could win on any given night. Tough game by the Spurs and David Stern is a douche

    • totallyuselessme - Nov 30, 2012 at 12:19 AM

      That about sums it up. These guys are well-trained, well-coached professional athletes; they’re among the best basketball players in the world. Are the Heat more talented than the Spurs’ bench? Yes, obviously, but that doesn’t mean they can’t play basketball and catch the Heat napping on any given night. If they couldn’t, if it wasn’t possible, then they wouldn’t be in the NBA.

      I’ll add that Ray is clutch, though. Every other game the Heat play it seems like we get another ProBBall post and video with Ray hitting the game winner.

      What were the Celtics thinking, trying to bury this guy on the bench? He’s got way too much game for that. I don’t like the Heat, but it’s no wonder why he went there now, and it’s no wonder why they put forth the effort they did to court him and make him feel wanted.

      • bozosforall - Nov 30, 2012 at 12:42 AM

        The Celtics weren’t thinking…both the organization and its crybaby fan base are idiots. Only a Kevin McHale ankle grab of a deal when he was the TWolves GM saved them from 30 years of sucking.

      • rtfinch - Nov 30, 2012 at 8:45 AM

        He’s on the Heat bench…..

  3. pantsfreezone - Nov 30, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    Jason Terry, Courtney Lee and Avery Bradley must feel like clowns right now, while Rondo, KG and Pierce look on with envy. Sure Celtics, those guys are better than Ray “ALL I DO IS HIT GAME WINNERS FOR THE HEAT” Allen. And once more with flavor…Suckers!

    • jjordannba - Nov 30, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      Avery Bradley hasn’t even played yet you idiot.

      • pantsfreezone - Dec 1, 2012 at 2:35 PM

        And when he does, he’ll still not be able to carry Ray’s jockstrap, sucker.

      • jjordannba - Dec 1, 2012 at 4:28 PM

        Ray Allen was Avery Bradley’s back-up you fool

  4. eventhorizon04 - Nov 30, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    After a rough start, Jason Terry is playing much better for the Celtics.

    However, the numbers so far favor Allen:
    Jason Terry
    27.3 MPG, 11.1 PPG, 49.6% FG, 40.7% 3Pt, 86.1% FT, 1.7 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.1 BPG

    Ray Allen
    26.7 MPG, 12.8 PPG, 51.0% FG, 52.9% 3Pt, 0.829% FT, 3.2 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.2 BPG

    In slightly fewer minutes, Allen has been more productive and more efficient.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 30, 2012 at 6:49 AM

      After their careers are over, Ray is going to Hall of Fame. Terry is going to TNT.

  5. miamatt - Nov 30, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    LOL ’72.

  6. paulhargis53 - Nov 30, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    It’s 16 games in. Check back with us when Rays ankles take away his jump shot, say around game 66. See how much you love him then.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 30, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      It’s not 16 games. It’s 16 years. Ray Allen is the best 3 point shooter in NBA history.

      And sure, Ray could get hurt, as could anybody. But on this team, he’s only playing 26 minutes, and he’s not running around in circles off screens trying to get open. He’s standing in the corner and waiting. Much less wear and tear down here than he’s ever had.

      Plus you should know it’s bad karma to play the “wait until he gets hurt” card .

  7. paulhargis53 - Nov 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    I never said WAIT until he gets hurt.
    He admitted his ankles weren’t right prior to the season. 82×27=2214 minutes.

    That’s quite a bit on bad ankles. He’s not just playing one end of the floor either, so your standing and waiting to shoot is a fallacy. They’d be smart to limit his minutes to about 15 a night.

    • badintent - Nov 30, 2012 at 5:27 PM

      You right again. I sent him so Vimovo, stuff is great for bad joints, easy on the tummy too. I can got for 30K on the bike and pop one , good to go again. Beats flying to Germany for Kobe blood treatments. I think the Eastern Finals will come down to Novak and Allen shooting threes in the 7th game. Sweet.

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