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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