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Side by side in the Heat locker room afterward, Ray Allen and Shane Battier dressed after a game for perhaps the last time. These are two pros who helped create the fabric of this team. It's been known for a while Battier is retiring. "I've given all I can to the game,'' he said. "I can't give anymore. I'm OK." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Ray Allen started in place of slumping Mario Chalmers, a desperate lineup change by coach Erik Spoelstra, but that didn’t work, either. Nothing worked but LeBron James. “Not disappointed in any of my teammates,” James said afterward – even though he hadn’t been asked about any of his teammates. Miami Herald

June 15, 2014 Updates

Miami will try to fight off elimination in the NBA Finals tonight with Ray Allen in the starting lineup and regular starting point guard Mario Chalmers on the bench. The Heat announced shortly before tipoff in San Antonio they will start LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Rashard Lewis and Allen. They also deactivated Greg Oden and Justin Hamilton, meaning Michael Beasley will be available for the first time in this series. Palm Beach Post

Instead of being surly, determined, convincing, most of them looked content, resigned to their fate, though hoping for the best after arriving back in Texas on Saturday. “Today is a new day. I have another opportunity to help this team keep our season going,” said LeBron James. “But I also know that — I don’t know, I’m in a good place in my life. It’s basketball. I understand it’s the media and the sport is the greatest sport in the world. I love it. It’s done so many great things for me, but it’s just basketball. It’s just basketball.” Ray Allen said the same thing to a smaller group of us. “It’s just basketball.” But Allen also summed up why Miami has had so much trouble slowing down San Antonio’s impeccable offensive attack. “There’s nobody that’s not in play,” Allen said. “You have to guard a man-and-a-half, sometimes two men in a given possession.” Toronto Sun

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When asked how much longer he wants to play in the NBA, the 38-year-old says he isn’t sure. “I don’t know,” Allen said. “I mean, it’s not something that I think about right now. I enjoy what I’m doing and I appreciate what has happened, what I’ve gone through in my career. Time will tell when it gets here, when it’s time [for me to retire].” Basketball Insiders

Allen, who has played in the NBA for 18 seasons, believes he has what it takes to coach in the NBA if he wanted to, but it’s not something that he’s interested in doing in the near future given the commitment and sacrifices involved. “As far as me coaching when I finish, I couldn’t see myself going from this to then being a head coach, no,” Allen told Basketball Insiders. “I have four boys at a young age and I would love to have an immediate impact on them where I’m not always gone every day. If I went into coaching then that would really take me away from them and it’d be even worse than what I’m doing now. I would much rather spend my time doing that with them.” Basketball Insiders

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With James in attack mode all night, his teammates knew he was looking to score whenever possible. But Heat guard Ray Allen said they also knew he'd always make the right pass if it came to that. “That's his last case,” Allen said. “It's his, 'In case of emergency, break open.'” San Antonio Express-News

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Without being too preachy, he tried to set an example for his younger teammates in Boston about the importance of longevity, but it’s difficult to convince a 22-year-old that fried chicken fingers with thick barbecue honey sauce isn’t an essential part of a daily regimen. “I got ridiculed, I remember, by a friend of mine when I stopped eating fried chicken, early in my years in the NBA,” Allen said. “He couldn’t believe it. He thought I was an impostor. ‘I can’t believe you stopped eating fried chicken.’ Like I just have to. It’s the evolution of me as a person and my character. I wanted to play for a long time. That’s what it’s all about. “The ones who have made it, that have won championships, that have done great things individually, they had to sacrifice something. It’s not an easy thing to do. When you sacrifice something, you alienate something or someone. When you hoist the trophy or win the scoring title, you always tell yourself that it’s worth it.” Boston Globe

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Now, the Heat have to hear about how their latest challenge embraces being the home team. For the Heat to win a third straight NBA title, they will have to defeat the San Antonio Spurs as the visiting team. "Once the time came when the playoffs started, we knew whoever we were going to play there was a chance that we were going to have to win on the road," guard Ray Allen said. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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