Boston Celtics’ jeers lose foreground to Miami Heat’s cheers
Although admittedly awkward in the beginning, Ray Allen is now instantaneously making the transition into Miami Heat’s most formidable weapon behind the 3-pointer line.
And Ray Allen gave plenty to his new Miami Heat fans to cheer on after swishing a 3-pointer on his first attempt. And the rest of the Miami Heat fell in motion too, sparking memories of Miami Heat’s phenomenal NBA finals performance against the Oklahoma City Thunders from behind the arc, in which the NBA champions scored 14 3-pointers.
However, it was Shane Battier who opened scoring from the 3-pointer line followed by another three from Ray Allen. The 37-year-old was on fire Wednesday night as a surprised Los Angeles Lakers coach Erik Spoelstra noted that Ray Allen didn’t “even look fatigued” during the scrimmage despite rehabbing from ankle surgery. Ray Allen ended the scrimmage one 3-pointer more than Chris Bosh, in competition with Mike Miller and trailing Shane Battier by just one shot.
Last season the Miami Heat ranked 20th in the league for 3-pointers made, but they hope to drastically change that number considering the new roster.
“We’ve got a few three-point shooters this year,” stated a smiling Mike Miller.
It’s an achievable target if Mike Miller maintains his training camp form, Shane Battier extends on NBA Finals performance, and Rashard Lewis resolves his leg issues. Mario Chalmers’ anticipated recovery from a thigh bruise will be an additional asset to that quest, even if Miami Heat ends up reducing James Jones’ minutes.
“If we start making a percentage like I know we can,” said Shane Battier, “it’s going to open up everything else for LeBron, Dwyane and Chris to operate. So one sort of begets the other.”
Ray Allen proved his versatility and creativity several times during the scrimmage, by successfully breaking away from his teammates to bank on numerous opportunities at eth 3-pointer line.
“He has an uncanny way of breaking free at the three-point line, particularly in those random situations,” observed Erik Spoelstra. “That’s something we look forward to.”
Several other Miami Heat players, including 2011 MVP LeBron James also drew cheers from the fans proud of their home team’s recent accomplishments.
The Red team eventually won with 69-56 against the White team in a game where player often switched teams throughout the scrimmage. But that was irrelevant, since Wednesday night was all about giving back to the fans, although Erik Spoelstra seriously assessed the scrimmage, with assistant coaches Keith Askins and David Fizdale leading the teams from the bench.
The Miami Heat fans quickly caught on the addictive taste of the beginning of a NBA season that was in the air at the American Airlines Arena.
And one thing’s for sure…the Miami Heat aren’t going to go lightly on their opponents, two girls in Boston Celtics jersey (featuring Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo’s numbers) were booed out of the stadium.
Dwayne Wade, who sat out Wednesday’s scrimmage due to knee surgery, also took the microphone at half-time to ask all Boston Celtics fans to leave the stadium.
The Miami Heat players have got fire in their bellies and the Boston Celtics better gear-up when they go against the defending NBA champions on their 30th October season-opener.