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As Boston return looms, Ray Allen still adjusting to Heat
MIAMI – Considering the whirlwind this Miami Heat season has produced – from unexpected losses to contention-affirming victories such as Thursday’s over the Los Angeles Lakers – Ray Allen said he has had no problem living in the moment.
“You play so many games,” the team’s prime offseason free-agent acquisition said, “it’s kind of hard to look so far ahead.”
Only now, Allen’s impending return to Boston, the city he called home for five seasons and one championship, is less than a week away, with the Heat and Celtics to meet in a nationally televised game next Sunday at TD Garden.
“I don’t place any extra impressions on it,” he said. “I focus more on what these guys are doing in this locker room every day, where we can all get better. So you go in and just take care of business.
“But I look forward to it. I get to see a lot of old people I haven’t seen in a while.”
Had Allen returned to Boston early in the season, it would have been as the game-winning hero of Heat victories over the Denver Nuggets, Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Had it come in late December, it would have been with Allen having somewhat lost his way, particularly on the road.
Instead, it comes in the Heat’s next nationally televised game, in the wake of the nationally televised victory over the Lakers, where Allen’s seven late points, including a trademark 3-pointer in transition off a LeBron James assist, put it away.
By Ira Winderman