Ray Allen will be returning to Celtic country and that, in itself, will make for an intriguing ballgame.
“He has a history of a title there, and I think everybody in that city, when they can be objective and step away from it, they really appreciate Ray and everything he was able to accomplish with that group. It was a special run that group had together,” Spoelstra said.
Actually, it’s more of an awkward situation for the player than it is for the fans. Allen will get a nice ovation and the fans will treat him warmly. But like a lot of players who have been with a team for a long time and then are on the other side, it feels strange, real strange.
But Spoelstra just wants the Heat to focus on its upcoming road trip and continue to rack up the wins to put the team in the strongest position available before the playoffs arrive.
“The start of the last trip didn’t necessarily go the way we wanted it to, but . . . our guys felt that we got better as it went on. We dealt with the adversity. We dealt with the emotions of the road,” he said. We came together and finished the way we wanted to. So now, to get an opportunity to come right back to it, a nine-day trip, let’s get started.”
If Allen and teammates can take one at Boston, which they should, then it should be a productive trip.