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Ray Allen returns to Boston Sunday. It’s not going to be a love in.

Jan 27, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

Wizards' Beal defends as Heat's Allen shoots in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami Reuters

Ray Allen, frustrated with being benched for Avery Bradley and hearing his name in trade rumors (and sometimes more than rumors, they once told him it was done only to have it come undone), took less money to leave Boston for a team where he felt wanted — the rival Miami Heat.

That went over in Boston about as well as thrashing Bobby Orr. Even Kevin Garnett “lost” Allen’s phone number.

Sunday “Benedict Allen” and the rest of the Heat come to Boston and you can bet Allen is going to hear all about it. Doc Rivers says Allen should be treated like a king, but it is much more likely other four-letter words will fly his way.

Allen — averaging 11.4 points a game in 25.5 minutes off the Heat bench — played in Boston long enough to know what is coming, but told A. Sherrod Blakely at he’s not too worried about it.

‘It’s an interesting concept because I’ve always gotten a warm welcome (in Boston),” Allen told reporters in Miami. “Even before I started playing there. I just want to win. Everything else will take care of itself.”

It’s really Allen’s old team the Celtics that need the win — they have lost six in a row and in the last five games the already struggling Celtics offense has averaged just 93.5 points per 100 possessions, dead last in the NBA. Their defense is good, but no defense can fully make up for that lack of production.

Celtics fans could get part of what they want — Allen has struggled on the road this season, shooting just 34.7 percent from three away from Miami. I still wouldn’t leave him alone in the corner and let him shoot, but he could have an off day.

Of course, there’s still the little problems of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade that could be bigger issues for Boston looking to break their streak.

  1. tampajoey - Jan 27, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    I hope Boston fans give traitor Ray hell.

  2. mazblast - Jan 27, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Allen is no traitor. He saw the writing on the wall in Boston and took another offer.

    As far as I’m concerned, it was and is no big deal. IMO he’s a one-trick pony, a role player and not a star.

  3. acdc363 - Jan 27, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    C’s fan here. I wouldn’t boo Ray if I was at the game today. I’m not bitter about anything. Calling him Benedict Allen just sounds like were in middle school or something. LOL

  4. jcf78 - Jan 27, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    I love some people!!! Celtic fans ur biggest star Garnett is a “Benedict” Garnett!!!

    • bbgraf08 - Jan 27, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      This comment makes zero sense

    • andyhr17 - Jan 27, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      Dude suffered countless losing seasons in Minnesota while playing MVP type basketball on no-talent teams…..and eventually was traded. How does this make him a traitor? It’s not even like he held his team hostage like most players (Carmelo/Dwight Howard) have done in recent history.

  5. j0esixpack - Jan 27, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Another Celts fan who bears no ill will towards Allen here

    Seems to me Ainge and Doc were clear on his role as a backup here. And that he may be a traceable commodity as he was last year.

    I think all of that ruled out the Celtics for him. Miami gives him a better chance for a ring and they are not in a situation where they would trade him.

    Given Allen’s situation, you can’t blame him for taking that deal (plus the better weather) for less money. He’s earned the right to play where it makes the most sense for him and his family.

    Thanks for Banner #17 Ray!

  6. Great Caesar's Ghost - Jan 27, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    He is a Milwaukee Buck. End of story.

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