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His Boston Celtics lost to LeBron James and last year's eventual champs. And as it came time for Miami to celebrate, Allen and his Boston teammates were ushered aside while the Heat reveled in their designated area, secured by yellow ropes. "I was telling 'Bron, 'I'm glad to be on this side of the ropes,'" Allen said. "I've lost two Eastern Conference finals where I got sent home after playing on the road and you lose. That's the toughest feeling that you ever have to deal with. I hated that feeling." You could feel Allen's anguish after that Game 7 loss last postseason. Not only did his Celtics fail in two opportunities to send the Heat packing, but he had been playing on painful ankles, and what faced him was a difficult free agency decision. He chose Miami. He chose it for this reason, to reach his third Finals and an opportunity to win his second championship.