BOSTON - Ray Allen left the court after Game 1 against the New York Knicks in celebration.
As he enters Game 2, hes leaving that behind.
Allen hit a game-winning three-pointer as time ran down to give the Celtics a two-point victory, 87-85, on Sunday. The fact that the Cs trailed by as many as 12 point and needed a last-second shot isnt something hes cheering over.
I try not to carry over what went on in Game 1, he said prior to Game 2 on Tuesday night. There are things we can do better. We got away with one on our own floor and we dont want to be saying that anymore. We want to make sure that we come out and take care of business. Its almost like its nice to have won, but youve got to come out and youve got to set some precedence out there on the floor.
Allen knows nothing is guaranteed after a victory. The 2008 world championship Celtics went up 2-0 in the first two rounds of the postseason. They ended up needing seven games to eliminate the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Allen doesnt look at himself as the player who made a game-winning bucket. He sees himself as player who has to help his team win the rest of series.
Im definitely the guy that needs to win three more games because weve been in long playoff series where you take the previous game into play and you think the same things are going to happen, he said. Youre going to score different ways, theres going to be different plays, were going to find different options, balls going to bounce differently. So I dont want to predetermine anything because thats the great thing about it. You dont know whats going to happen.
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Most NBA teams would benefit from adding Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler. But few NBA have the assets to acquire him. The most legitimate suitor in the NBA resides in Boston.
"The potential of a Boston-Chicago deal for Jimmy Butler -- I think it will loom over the entire week," Yahoo! NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski said Saturday. "These teams have engaged on the potential of this trade. They have not gotten far down the road on it. There still needs to be alignment within the Bulls organization -- from ownership to management -- that they want to make the decision to enter a full rebuild.
He added: "But the poential of this deal really illustrates the State Farm right combo, because these are two teams that have exactly what the other wants. Boston has been hoarding assets for years for a couple of season, trying to get in the position to get a star player."
Wojnarowski suggested the first building block for the Butler trade would start with either the 2017 or 2018 Brooklyn Nets' first-round pick, which the Celtics acquired in 2013 in the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade.
"And Jimmy Butler in Boston, paired with Isaiah Thomas and this Celtics team -- it would put this Celtics team in a position to seriously challenge Cleveland [Cavaliers] in the east, not only in the short term, but also in the long term."
Butler's contract extends to 2020, and then Wojnarowski explained Boston could then sign the guard to another long-term deal. In the meantime, he could help Boston surpass a vulnerable-looking Cavaliers team.
The Boston Celtics are one of the NBA's top teams -- and not just in terms of talent. Forbes has ranked the Celtics as the fifth-most valuable NBA franchise at $2.2 billion.
The Celtics "sport" valuation is one of the highest in the NBA at $674 million. Their "market" valuation comes in as $883 million, their "arena" valuation falls at $341 million and their "brand" valuation stands at $302 million.
Boston is a constant in a continually emerging NBA. Forbes reports the NBA is worth $1.36 billion, which 3.5 times its value five years ago. The league is also on a seven-year collective bargaining agreement that will provide stability in the league for that duration. The NBA also signed a $24 billion deal with ESPN and TNT that began at the start of the 2016-17 season.
The Celtics will continue to play an important part in the growth of the league.