What if our man Ray Allen signs a contract to play for the Eastern Conference Evil Empire? Ray Allen, in a Miami Heat uni? Definitely hard on the eyes, but beyond that, does it guarantee the Heat another championship – and does it prevent our Celtics from knocking the Heat from their suddenly lofty perch?
It definitely gives the Heat a major boost, especially if Ray’s going to come off the bench. But I can’t imagine Ray going off any more than Mike Miller did in the clinching game of the 2012 NBA Finals. He’s capable of having those kinds of days, no question about it, but at his age you have to wonder if he can sustain that kind of shooting excellence. Off the bench it’s entirely possible. And more possible that not, if you want my humble opinion. But Ray is human, and he’s not getting any younger. So there’s always the possibility of more trouble out of those problematic ankles. At his age, anything is indeed possible.
Which, if we flip the coin, could be an issue if Ray decides to stay in Boston. He could very well end up breaking down while in a Celtic uniform, but again, I’m not banking on it. Ray is a finely-tuned physical instrument, and he takes incredible care of his body. Playing a reserve role would limit the wear and tear, keep him fresh, and keep that jumper in the groove we’ve come to know and love.
Losing him? It would definitely hurt – but it wouldn’t be the end of the world. My preference – if we’re going to end up losing Ray to the Heat (or some other team), then I would prefer to lose him sooner rather than later. That would give Danny Ainge a chance to work on an alternate plan, such as possibly luring Nick Young to Boston. Again, don’t want to lose him – especially to the Heat. But if he’s going, then he’s got to go.
We’ve got a championship to win, even if that means beating the Heat’s Big Three and one of our own.