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July 13, 2012

Where is the celebration for Jason Terry?: He will be better than Ray Allen

BOSTON — Lost in the Ray Allen "hates" Rajon Rondo (Rondo doesn't think Allen is athletic enough any more), Avery Bradley (stole his starting position) and Danny Ainge (tried to trade him to Memphis Grizzlies, of all teams, last winter) is this one fact.

The guy who will replace Allen on the roster, Jason Terry, is ... gulp!!! ... better.

That's right, the untold story of the recent run of Celtics signings is that Terry is, for lack of a better word, a stud.

I understand the love affair with Allen. He personifies "class." He is professional on and off the court. He is well-spoken. He is a . And, he still can hit 3-pointers with the best of them.

The "pink" hat Celtics fans — yes, I'm talking about those that have never watched a complete Celtics game on TV — adore this guy even more (i.e. my wife). Simply put, he's a good guy.

And the fact that Allen chose to go to Miami, which is akin to Johnny Damon jumping ship to the New York Yankees appears to have hurt our collective egos, making this a big news story.

But we have to be honest. As Allen, who turns 37 on July 20, has trouble getting open. Maybe his bone spurs contributed, but his opportunities seemed to dwindle this season, particularly in the playoffs.

Of all the Big Three in Boston, he might have fallen off the most.

Of the 18 playoff tilts Allen played recently, he led the Celtics in scoring only once. And he never scored more than 17 points as his playoff average sunk to a career low 10.7 points. Even worse, he was only 33 percent from beyond the arc.

He can still make big shots, but it just doesn't happen as often.

While his run here was admirable for five enjoyable seasons, enough about Allen.

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