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Allen visits Boston

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 10:50 AM
MIAMI -

Ray Allen has played in Boston as an opponent 15 times. He knows what it's like to play under the fabled Celtics banners, knows exactly how the crowd treats visiting players.

His 16th appearance there as a visitor will be substantially different.

Not only will his trip there today be his first as a former Celtic, but also it will come with him donning the colors of perhaps the team's biggest rival these days, reigning NBA champion Miami, the club that has ousted Boston from the playoffs in each of the last two seasons.

And make no mistake, Allen has been getting ready for everything that will accompany this trip for quite a while.

"I've thought about it," Allen said. "I think more about who, family-wise, is going, who can go and sorting the whole protocol out. I don't know what to expect from their side. But it's an interesting concept because I've always gotten a warm welcome, even before I started playing there. I just want to win. Everything else will take care of itself."

When he played there as a foe in the past, Allen typically got warm receptions. He starred at Connecticut and has deep roots in New England, and those two things go a long way in generating respect from the Boston fan base.

Then he joined the Celtics in the summer of 2007. A year later, he helped them win a title. He bled green. Now, not so much.

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