Ray Allen: "This Is Not The Time To Sit"

BOSTON, MA - MAY 26: Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics runs onto the court to warm up prior to Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 26, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

I don't know why this debate on whether Ray should sit a game or sit on the bench more irks me, but it does. I love Avery Bradley and I love Keyon, but Ray has been a warrior for us for the last five years. His numbers in the post-season are frankly awful and we can argue whether or not his presence on the floor provides valuable spacing for the rest of the team, but at some point, it comes down to trust and loyalty. There are so many threads in the fan forum about how he's washed up and useless, you don't change horses midstream. We can talk about how Ray Allen is a future Hall Of Famer and how he's the NBA's all-time leading three-point shooter, but more importantly, Ray Allen is a battle-tested Celtic of five years. He came up huge in the fourth quarter of Game 7 against Philadelphia and he's starting to feel some rhythm back in his game. Don't count him out just yet.

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