MIAMI What happened in Boston hit Ray Allen hard.
The Miami Heat guard had played the previous five years with the Boston Celtics. With his mother having run three Boston Marathons and his wife two, Allen said he often has been at the finish line of the race, where two bombs went off Monday, killing three and injuring more than 170.
One of the things that I have played over and over in mind is how we would have been sitting at the finish line waiting on my mom and my wife to cross the finish line, Allen said before Wednesdays regular-season finale against the Orlando Magic at AmericanAirlines Arena. This year, they would have been running (the race) if we were in Boston. So that presented some anxiety when I thought about it.
Allen signed with the Heat as a free agent last summer. He said his mother, Flo-Allen Hopson, ran last year although his wife, Shannon Allen, didnt.
With the many people Allen knows in Boston, he's not surprised he has been touched directly by the tragedy....