Dwyane Wade (3) and Ray Allen (34) bring a Wisconsin flavor to the NBA Finals, which open between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs on Thursday. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin Flavor To NBA Finals In Place With Ray Allen, Dwyane Wade


When the NBA Finals open on Thursday between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs, there will be at least a bit of a Wisconsin flavor to them.

Former Bucks star Ray Allen, who played in Milwaukee from 1996-2003, will be looking for his third NBA championship ring as he prepares to play in the Finals for the fourth time. He was also there with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and 2010 and hit a key 3-pointer late in regulation during Game 6 of last year’s Finals to keep the Heat alive in a series they eventually won in seven games.

Allen was acquired by the Bucks on draft night in June 1996 when he was swapped with a 1998 first-round pick to Milwaukee by the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for the fourth overall pick in the draft, guard Stephon Marbury.

Allen, who was picked one spot later at fifth overall, grew into a three-time All-Star with the Bucks, twice leading the NBA in made 3-point shots and scoring 25.1 points per game for Milwaukee in the 2001 NBA Playoffs, when they pushed the Philadelphia 76ers to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals before falling.

Allen’s 229 made 3-pointers and 528 attempts in 2001-02 are still Bucks’ single-season records and he is also the most prolific 3-point artist in franchise history with 1,051 makes.

Wade, meanwhile, was a star at Marquette for two seasons, leading the Golden Eagles to the 2003 Final Four en route to earning consensus All-America honors that season. He was the leading scorer in Conference USA in 2002-03 at 21.5 points per game.

In his two seasons at Marquette, Wade averaged 19.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.2 blocked shots while shooting .494/.333/.745.

As a pro, Wade has gone on to earn 10 All-Star berths and three championship rings in Miami, earning Finals MVP honors in 2006.

Here is the schedule and television information for the 2014 NBA Finals:

Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs
All Times Central
All Games Televised On ABC
Thursday, June 5: at San Antonio, 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 8: at San Antonio, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, June 10: at Miami, 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 12: at Miami, 8 p.m.
x-Sunday, June 15: at San Antonio, 7 p.m.
x-Tuesday, June 17: at Miami, 8 p.m.
x-Friday, June 20: at San Antonio, 8 p.m.
x-if necessary



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