Ray Allen Is An Animal

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You dont have to be a statistical freak to understand that Ray Allen is a different man since the trade deadline. I am a statistical freak, though, so I’ll rip you off a few stats:

BEFORE DEADLINE
16.0 PPG
SINCE DEADLINE
18.7 PPG

BEFORE DEADLINE
33.3% 3 Point Percentage
SINCE DEADLINE
44.2% 3 Point Percentage

BEFORE DEADLINE
89.4% FT
SINCE DEADLINE
91.7% FT

BEFORE DEADLINE
44.7% FG
SINCE DEADLINE
57.7% FG

You can’t sit here all day and convince me that Ray Allen was simply in a slump for the whole start of this season. I don’t believe for a second that he “magically” turned it around and flipped his numbers like this (since the day after the deadline). Instead, I am 99.9% confident, like I as well as many others have said before, that Ray was stressed, and not playing his game early this season, but especially when all the trade talks came about. There is no room for all of the excuses that, “He can play past everything that happens on the outside of the court.” Thats naive to the fact that he is a human, not a robot. Now he knows where he is going to be for the rest of the year and can settle back into his role, and only have to worry about doing what he does best- shooting lights out.

Shooters shoot, and the way Ray Allen goes about his off season regimen, I would expect him to be just as successful next season. Therefore, I really hope the Celtics hold onto him for years to come. I don’t want to harp on that too much right now, though, and instead worry about what is going on right now. When the end of the year arrives, Ray Allen will be right around his yearly averages since joining the Celtics in the 07-08 season. After the first half of this season, we may have to suggest this is the best Ray Allen we have ever seen in a Celtic uniform. I won’t jump the gun too quickly, but THIS Ray Allen, is the one that will help lead us through the playoffs.

(Photo Via AP on NBAYahooSports)

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