|Posted by B-PAUL on April 28, 2010 at 4:39 PM|
Earlier this year following Kevin Garnett's return from his first injury stint I wrote a piece detailing how much of an effect that Garnett had on the crowd at the TD Garden. Right from the start his head bashing routine gets the crowd pumped up and ready to go. When he wasn't there it just didn't seem right. I don't know about you, but to me it just didn't feel like I was even in the same building.
Although Garnett still has a huge impact on getting the crowd fired up, the one guy who did a great job at keeping the crowd in the game during the series against the Heat was Ray Allen. In game two and game five combined Ray went 11-15 from behind the arc. Similar to KG's pre-game routine, when Ray Allen is hitting three's the atmosphere at the Garden is wild.
I'm sure you know exactly what I'm talking about. When Ray Allen is on fire, every time he goes to put up a shot you just want to stand up during his release because you know it's going in and you know you're going to have a reason to celebrate. With 11 made three pointers in the first round series you can bet your last dollar that on every single one of those the Garden crowd in its entirety rose to their feet and waved their rally towels.
As the Celtics move closer to their second round matchup with the Lebron's the Celtics are going to need every single one of those three's both at home and on the road. If Ray can keep it up and do what he did in the first round there is no doubt in my mind that he should, and will, return to Boston.
So what if he missed a few free throws in game four, when it comes down to it there are very few players in the league that can bring to the table what Ray Allen does come playoff time. Here's to watching Ray Allen hit three after three after three while Lebron sits on the bench crying over his elbow "injury".
In Jesus Shuttlesworth we trust!
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