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Saturday, November 3, 2012
Ray Allen regresses in second act for Heat


By Adry Torres
Special to ESPNDeportes.com


NEW YORK -- After an impressive Heat debut on Tuesday night, Ray Allen was nowhere to be found Friday night in Miami's 104-84 blowout loss to the New York Knicks.

Allen was able to torment the Boston Celtics defense on Tuesday, scoring 19 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field while making a pair of 3-pointers. But Friday's outing was a different story. Bothered by a sore ankle during most of the preseason and coming up limp early in the first quarter Friday, Allen managed only five points and made only one shot from beyond the arc in 27 minutes off the bench.

He sure didn't look like the savvy veteran we've grown accustomed to watching over the years, especially as a member of the Celtics. During one particular play late in the third quarter with Miami trying to somehow close in, Allen had one of his best looks from the 3-point line and it caromed off the rim. Moments later, he found himself positioned in the paint with a pair of Knicks defenders on him, resulting in an off-balance shot rather than finding an open teammate.

Allen said he felt fine physically, after removing the huge ice wraps from his knees following Friday's blowout loss.

While Allen said nothing significant has changed for him on the court since arriving in Miami, he coined the defense as “suspect” after allowing 19 of 36 3-pointers to the Knicks.

“It doesn't worry me," Allen said. "We're still learning, we're still getting better, we're still improving. There's a lot we got to do to become the best team we want to be.”