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If you follow the Heat you've heard this over and over again: Ray Allen's surgically repaired ankle still isn't 100 percent healed. While Allen played fine in the preseason despite the pain, it's clear that the ankle will be a problem this year.
From Michael Wallace at ESPN:
“I would like to be in better shape, better condition. So, you know, I still have to make sure I don't do too much pounding, because I'm a runner. On off days, I like to run. Right now, I've switched to the bicycle to stay off the pounding as much,” said Allen.
Will Allen be able to survive the day-to-day grind of an NBA season? Will his play become significantly hampered by the injury as the season goes along?
Thanks to the depth on the team, the Heat can afford to be careful with Allen's minutes this season. And as long as Allen, the greatest three-point shooter in NBA history, can continue to knock down a couple from behind the arc per game, the Heat are getting what they wanted out of him.
Still, Allen will be 37 years old entering the season, and although he has done a tremendous job staying in shape throughout his career, there has to be some concern that Allen's body will betray him this season.