Ray Allen won't have much time to mentally prepare for seeing Kevin Garnett bark in his face, Paul Pierce step back and fire away, or Rajon Rondo blow past him.
The newly signed Allen and the Miami Heat will host the Boston Celtics on October 30, the first game of the season, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Allen, who elected to join the defending champion Heat for less money than return to the Celtics, will be put in an uncomfortable position from the start: His current teammates will receive rings that he didn't win with them, while his former teammates (that oh-by-the-way lost to the Heat) stand on the opposite end of the court and watch it all go down.
It's not the first former team that Allen has played against, but you can bet that having won a championship with the Celtics and choosing his own departure makes it a little different.
Of course the Celtics will have new players of their own readying for the season-opener, including two players brought on that ease the pain of Allen's departure: Jason Terry and Courtney Lee.
The C's don't need any added motivation to win the first game of the season, but playing it against the defending champs and their best offseason acquisition will add plenty of the fuel to the fire.
Highlights from the Boston Celtics loss to the Houston Rockets
The bumps and bruises continue to pile up for Isaiah Thomas, adding a new one to the group during Boston’s 107-106 loss at Houston.
The 5-foot-9 guard said he strained his right groin in the second quarter, but added that the injury won’t force him to miss any games.
“I’ll be alright,” Thomas told reporters after the loss. “I’ll get treatment. I’ll be fine for Wednesday (against Orlando).”
The injury appeared to have happened shortly after Houston’s Trevor Ariza hit a 3-pointer that put the Rockets ahead 55-45.
At the time it didn’t seem all that serious as Thomas, who had 20 points on the night, came down and drained a 3-pointer.
But after the game, Thomas acknowledged his groin did bother him during the game in which he played 33-plus minutes.
“A few drives I didn’t have the lift,” said Thomas, who finished with 20 points. “It is what it is. I’ll figure it out.”
Thomas, who played in all 82 regular season games last season in addition to each of Boston’s 21 games this season, has dealt with an assortment of injuries including but not limited to, a swollen middle finger injury on his left (shooting) hand.
Thomas, an All-Star last season for the first time, has played at an elite level that should once again position him to be represent the Eastern Conference.
Following Monday’s game, Thomas is averaging a career-high 26.0 points per game which ranks ninth in the NBA along with 6.1 assists.