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Ray Allen didn't play much (28 minutes and 40 seconds) and his shot wasn't falling, but he was still somewhat effective.
Though Allen hit just 3-of-11 from the floor, he dished out six assists. Aside from a few possessions when he took too much time off the shot clock and his four turnovers, he did a nice job driving-and-kicking and creating scoring opportunities for his teammates.
A Jesus Shuttlesworth that doesn't score isn't one we're used to seeing, but the prospect of Miami's sixth man becoming more of a passer in general, not just in garbage games, is intriguing.
When you play on a team that houses LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, there aren't going to be many shots to go around. Come playoff time, when rotations are shortened and Allen spends even more time alongside the terrific trio, there will be even fewer scoring opportunities.
Emerging as a greater passing threat will allow him to stay involved while also forcing defenses to adjust. He'd be the ultimate floor spacer.
Defensively, Allen is still having issues. They're not as glaring as some would project, but he does cheat to the strong side much too often. Against dextrous ball-handlers, this can prove problematic. A simple left-handed shift can result in a relatively clear path to the basket.
While I just spent a good few seconds admiring Allen's willingness to facilitate, the Heat are also going to want to see that shot of his fall more than it did in Cleveland.
He may not get as many shots in the playoffs, but the ones he takes, the Heat are going to want him to hit.