Re: Terry vs. Ray
posted at 4/18/2013 4:16 AM EDT
RS is over. Let us back up the opinions with facts. The good thing, both played almost identical amount of games and minutes.
GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG BLKPG STLPG PFPG TOPG PPG PER
79 26.9 .434 .372 .870 2.0 2.5 0.1 0.8 1.4 1.3 10.1 12.8
78 25.8 .449 .419 .886 2.8 1.7 0.2 0.8 1.6 1.3 10.9 14.8
Over the season Allen was the better player in almost all categories. The only reson why the margin isn't much bigger, is the terrible slump of Ray in february when he had the flu and foot soreness.
But let us look at some wildcards:
Who came up big in the 4th quarter of close games more often? Ray by a landslide. Might be sth like 20-3? Even FIerce had to give some credit to Ray when he came up and created the last shoot for Bosh.
Who would have been better salary cap wise? Ray again!
Ok, but Ray can only shoot threes and only cause he has James giving him open looks, right? No, WRONG! He came up big when the stars were out and was even a facilator. Some comments from ESPN:
MVP: Ray Allen played the role of creator with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh out. In 33 minutes off the bench, Allen scored 23 points but went only 1-for-7 from deep. His teammates picked up the slack by going a combined 16-for-34 from long distance.
Ray Allen 8-18 FG | 6-7 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 23 PTS
With four starters out, Ray Allen stepped up and turned back the clock to his early days as one of the best attacking guards in the league. He struggled with his long-distance stroke, but Allen delivered one of his most complete games of the season. His ability to make plays off the dribble allowed the Heat's supporting cast to complete arguably their most rewarding victory of the season.
Neither team led by double digits until the Heat went ahead 98-88 with 2:53 remaining, with a three-point play and a 3-pointer by Allen keying the decisive run.
Case closed and it was an easy choice.