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Mike from Attleboro: Hope you wither in the Heat, Ray

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Mike from Attleboro: Hope you wither in the Heat, Ray

For five years I would watch the Celtics and hope that this wasnt the year that Ray Allen gets old. Now I hope he ages faster than a German drinking from an imitation Holy Grail.

That is how quickly and completely he threw away the good will he compiled in his five seasons with the Celtics. There is no other way to describe what Ray Allen has done since the C's were ushered out of the playoffs in seven games by the Miami Heat. Remember how everyone thought Ray was just classy in defeat when he got all chummy with the Heat after the final whistle? Months later we realize it was all just convenient networking being done by an aging star who is too butt hurt to realize what his role is and that he isnt the same player he once was.

And come to think of it, was he ever really the player we thought he was in Boston?

You can call me bitter and my recollections revisionist, but I remember the Cs title run in 2008 having a heck of a lot more to do with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce than it did with Ray. In fact, I seem to recall Ray struggling mightily through the first two rounds of that postseason. It was so bad that even notorious Celtics rump swab and NBA expert Bill Simmons proposed renaming the Big Three to the Big Two featuring Ray Allen. To me, James Posey, Kendrick Perkins and even Rajon Rondo were more pivotal to that title run than Ray Allen, who, for those first two rounds, was lucky to avoid a copyright infringement claim by New England BrickMaster. When you get right down to the reality of that championship, Rays most important contribution to that team was being on it so KG would okay the trade from Minnesota. Come playoff time, Ray Allen was a supplementary player whose early shooting funk extended two series to seven games.

And, yes, I am bitter.

Look, Ill be completely objective. Ray Allen, when healthy and not out of rhythm, is the gold standard of NBA shooting. He has a stroke so pure its like a product of basketball reverse osmosis. And when you hear about all the shooting he does in practice and pregame, it makes sense that sometimes he looks like the living embodiment of NBA JAMs en fuego.

Unfortunately for Ray, his comments regarding his departure from Boston to Miami makes you wonder if he hasnt been stuck in Big Head mode for his entire career.

Everyone with half-a-brain knows why Ray Allen left to play for the Heat. He felt disrespected when he lost his job to Avery Bradley and he wants to win a title with Miami to stick it to Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge. And Id be fine with that if Ray just came out and said it. The revisionist history regarding his departure is staggeringly delusional. Over the course of his career, nobody paid Ray Allen more than Boston. The Celtics offered Ray more than twice the money Miami did in free agency. In Boston, Ray would actually be a legitimate part of the rotation, as opposed to being a sentimental jump-shooting mascot in Miami. If Ray finished his career in Boston, he would always be a part of the Celtics championship fraternity and revered by Cs fans. In Miami, Ray Allen is just the latest momentary distraction, like a reality TV star.

Ultimately, Honey Boo Hoo can cry all he wants about Boston not wanting him. But the fact of the matter is that Ray is in Miami because he wants to prove Doc and Danny wrong and, at 37, he needs LeBron, Wade and Bosh to do it.

Even if Allen was completely honest about it, hed still get most of the vicious booing he will receive when the Heat come to the Garden. You cant just jump ship mid-feud to your chief conference rival and not expect major, Lohan-esque PR damage. Compare Rays departure with that of another former Boston player with a Jesus association. Johnny Damon singlehandedly crushed the Yankees in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS. Then in 2005 Johnny Damon left for more money with the Yankees. When he left town, he was honest and made it clear it was about money, nothing else. The booing Damon got upon his return to Fenway was raw and savage. What do you think is going to happen to a red-and-black clad Ray Ray?

Its a shame it played out this way. Its a shame that an aging Hall of Famer allowed pride to influence the way he ended his career. Instead of re-signing with Boston and joining the ranks of green legends, Ray Allen chose to play for the Heat out of petty anger and spite.

He chose poorly.

BEST OF BST PODCAST: Patriots advance to AFC title game vs. Jaguars

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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Patriots advance to AFC title game vs. Jaguars

0:41 - Tom Curran and Albert Breer discuss some of the big takeaways from the Patriots win over the Titans in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

4:49 - Jalen Ramsey told the fans in Jacksonville that the Jaguars would be going to the Super Bowl. Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith talk about if they have a problem with what Ramsey said and if the Patriots would be using his quote as bulletin board material.

9:25 - Curran, Breer, and Giles discuss Matt Patricia and Josh McDaniels likely not returning with the Patriots as Patricia seems to be headed towards the Lions while McDaniels goes to the Colts.

14:06 - Michael Hurley joins BST to preview the Jaguars/Patriots matchup and discuss the Patriots schedule and road to the Super Bowl. 

No hesitation from Chara in scoring after scary incident in Montreal

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No hesitation from Chara in scoring after scary incident in Montreal

BOSTON – Less than 48 hours after one of his legendarily hard slap shots put a Montreal Canadiens forward in the hospital after striking him in the head, Zdeno Chara didn’t hesitate when given the chance to wind up and blast away on Monday afternoon.

It was the 40-year-old Chara that rocketed a slapper past Kari Lehtonen at the end of the second period, and in doing so energized the Bruins while getting them on the scoreboard. The Chara goal helped earn the Black and Gold a point in overtime before eventually falling to the Dallas Stars by a 3-2 score at TD Garden on Monday afternoon.

The Bruins captain had been texting with the felled Montreal winger on Monday, and was fully aware that Phillip Danault was out of the hospital and doing well aside from understandable concussion symptoms after a puck to the head. Perhaps that eased Chara’s mind just a little when it came time to lean into another wind-up slapper on Monday, but it was also certainly aided by the lack of brave bodies willing to front one of his heavy, hard point blasts.

“I obviously spoke to Phillip a number of times. I talked to him right after the game and wanted to make sure he was okay, and he texted me back that he’s doing fine. He’s been released [from the hospital] and that’s very positive, good news,” said Chara. “It’s obviously very unfortunate that it’s something that happens quite often, but it’s something you never want to see with somebody getting hit and hurt. I’m very happy he’s going to recover fully and hopefully he’s back on the ice and playing hockey [soon] like we all do.”

Was there any hesitation to Chara winding up and stepping into a 100-mph slap shot so quickly after the ugly incident in Montreal?

“It’s something that doesn’t happen very often where you have that clean [shooting] path to the net where you can settle the puck, take a look and take a full slapper,” said Chara. “Usually teams play so well structurally that there’s already somebody fronting it, and you’ve got to get it through him with bodies in front. It does happen, but it’s nice that you have that time to put everything on it.”

That’s exactly what the 6-foot-9 defenseman did in sparking the Bruins to come back from a 2-0 deficit and push for the overtime point while extending their point streak to a season-best 13 games and counting.

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