So, uh, this was awkward:
I alluded to Ray Allen’s feud with Rajon Rondo a couple weeks ago, and it now seems appears like it’s spread through the rest of the Celtics team.
SI’s Chris Mannix goes into much further detail:
Boston has disavowed Allen, branded him a traitor and sworn to move on. In interviews, Rajon Rondo has referred to Allen as “that guy” and “No. 20″ while Kevin Garnett has deadpanned that he no longer has Allen’s phone number. On Friday, Celtics coach Doc Rivers intimated in a radio interview that Allen didn’t put the team first last season. When asked why Allen defected to Miami, Rivers said, “I think it was ego more than anything else.”
I really don’t have too much to add about this dynamic other than that I’m really glad it exists. Beyond the Celtics and Heat, there isn’t too much going on in the East. If these two teams are healthy, it’s not likely either is getting beaten by anyone else in a seven-game series. In reality, it’s also hard to see Boston beating a healthy Miami team with LeBron as locked in as he’s been since last Christmas. It’s therefore a good thing for this blogger that this rivalry makes the process en route to a near-inevitable outcome more interesting.
Don’t think that Heat to win the East is an inevitable outcome? Put your money where your mouth is. Vegas Insider currently has Miami at 1:2 odds, so you can triple your money if you are right.