Allen already getting his shots up in Miami


Allen already getting his shots up in Miami

Ray Allen has made a disciplined routine of being the first to arrive at the arena hours before game time.

Now a member of the Miami Heat, he is still getting to the gym early more than two weeks before the start of training camp.

On Monday Heat owner Micky Arison tweeted a photo of Allen putting up shots at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

Ray looks gr8 working out @aaarena in @miamiheat gear! Looking fwd to training camp 19days LetsGoHeat instagr.ampPZ3UDDu8Pq Micky Arison (@MickyArison) September 10, 2012

Numerous NBA players have incorporated Allens work ethic throughout the veterans 16-year career. Other are looking forward to learning more, including Heat guard Norris Cole, who is entering his second season in the league.

The first question I want to ask him is, When did you start your shooting routine? Cole told during Las Vegas Summer League. He has a heck of a shooting routine that he does. Im an early guy, but not as early as him. I get there two-and-a-half, three hours early.

I think its going to be fun, Cole said. Hes going to be able to space the floor a lot. Hes the ultimate professional, another veteran guy in the locker room, so I think hes going to help me out a lot and our team.

Many of Allens new teammates in Miami only know him as an opponent. Last season he averaged averaged 11.9 points (37.7 FG, 35.0 3pg) and 4.3 rebounds against the Heat in the Eastern Conference as a member of the Boston Celtics.

Shortly after the Heat eliminated the Cs in Game 7, Allen underwent surgery to remove bone spurs that had been hampering him during the second half of the season.

He was tough, said Cole. He was battling that ankle injury but yet he was still able to knock down big shots for his team, so that shows how tough he really is.

Allen signed with the Heat as an unrestricted free agent in July. While the Celtics have added Courtney Lee and Jason Terry to enhance their backcourt, the Heat are looking forward to working Allen into theirs.

Hes going to be running defenses crazy how he comes off screens, Cole said. With LeBron (James) and D-Wade (Dwyane Wade), you have to keep bodies on them so youre going to have to pick your poison. And he leads the NBA history in three point makes, so its going to be tough for defenses.

The Celtics and Heat will face off on Opening Night, October 30, in Miami.

Celtics-Bulls preview: C's quickly turn page to new-look Bulls


Celtics-Bulls preview: C's quickly turn page to new-look Bulls

BOSTON – Change is an inevitable when it comes to NBA rosters.

Just as the Boston Celtics significantly altered the outlook many had for them this season by signing Al Horford to a four-year, $113 million contract, they face a Chicago Bulls team tonight that has also undergone significant change.

The Bulls traded away one favorite son (Derrick Rose) and went about adding another in Dwyane Wade.

In addition to Wade, Chicago also signed former Celtic All-Star Rajon Rondo to join a team headlined by All-Star guard Jimmy Butler.

As easy as it could have been to worry about the struggles they had in disposing of the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, the Celtics knew they had to immediately turn the page and shift their focus towards a Chicago Bulls team that’s looking to start its season with a quality win over the Celtics.

“They’re a good team. They have great players over there,” said Jae Crowder. “They’re trying to figure it out. They’re going to be very excited to play of course. We have to take care of business, play the way we want to play and impose our will even more.”

One of the keys to knocking off the Bulls will be to get better play from their second unit.

Boston’s backups were outscored 58-40 but more significant than that was their inability to hold off the late-charging Nets which forced head coach Brad Stevens to bring his starters back on to the floor with about two minutes to play.

Among the reasons contributing to the bench’s ineffective play on Wednesday was the fact that Marcus Smart (left ankle sprain) was out.

Remember, Smart has been with the second unit for all of training camp minus the second half of their 121-96 preseason loss to the New York Knicks.

Crowder believes not having Smart, who will be out for another week or so, was indeed a factor in the second unit’s struggles.

“They trying to figure it out on the fly,” Crowder said. “With a few days of practice and probably one tough day of practice without him. It’s tough but they’re figuring it out. There’s no other way to figure it out but in a game. They’ll figure it out as soon as possible.”