Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/26/12
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Doc Rivers and the Celtics have been busy all week preparing for the regular season, which begins Tuesday against the Miami Heat. The Heat are a familiar foe, and not only because the Celtics faced them seven times in last year's Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat also happen to employ a certain ex-Celtics guard who has kept the local media in Miami busy with his daily accounts of why he chose to leave the Celtics in the offseason. By having to face questions about Ray Allen almost every day after practice, the Celtics might be more than a little motivated to stick it to the Heat. As long as his players do not lose sight of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, that extra motivation is not entirely a bad thing in Rivers' mind. "I don't mind that," Rivers said. "I don't think it's Ray. I think it's more the Heat. There may be several guys who want to play against Ray, and Ray may want to play against several guys. This is not going to be a Ray-versus-the-Celtics game. If it becomes that, we're going to lose by a lot of points because as good as Ray is, I know of two guys for sure and probably three guys that are a lot better than Ray on that team. If we're focusing on Ray, we're going to lose by 40." Allen lobbed another broadside on Thursday when he said Rivers and other members of the Celtics never reached out to him in the offseason. Rivers contended on Friday that he tried to call Allen, but declined to elaborate.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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