It's very strange this time of year to not be watching media sessions with the Boston Celtics. In 4 of the last 6 seasons, the Boston Celtics had reached the Eastern Conference Finals. In all 4 of those appearances, Ray Allen was a key contributor and go-to guy in the clutch.
Today, Ray finds himself a 37 year old bench player, contributing 12.2 points per game, up from his season average of 10.9 ppg. Celtics fans are used to such increased contributions from Ray-Ray as he always showed up in the big game, on the big night. Ray Allen is clutch and he says, not much has change.
"There was a point when I was in Milwaukee and we made it, we thought we were going to be there consistently," Allen said. "One thing that we made the mistake of was getting comfortable with that notion. Being here is not guaranteed. You've got to work your way here every year."
He calls this year's experience no different than when he was hobbled by an ankle injury last season with the Boston Celtics. Despite holding a 3-2 lead, the Celtics lost in seven games to Allen's current team. It was the second time he lost in the conference finals.
Via Sun Sentinel
Guys like LeBron James and Udonis Haslim sang great songs of triumph and glory in regards to Ray. Allen is a true professional. He puts in the work. Creates himself new every season. His preparation is unparalleled and he sets an example for his teammates. Stability, maturity and mentality, all attributes the Miami Heat were lacking, despite their championship season in 2012.
Ray Allen may feel that not much has changed for him since last season. As a Celtics fan, I can disagree. Ray, you're wearing black and red, not green and white. Lots has changed.
Isn't that Sugar-Ray as a youthful Celtics' Fan?