Thursday, February 10, 2011

Allen's on target to eclispe Miller's mark for 3s

       Tonight should be the night for Ray Allen.
       The stage is set for the Boston Celtics sharpshooter to become the NBA’s career leader in 3-point shots made. Aside from Allen being on the verge of overtaking Reggie Miller (2,560) on the all-time list, there’s a little spice to add to the mix.
       Not only will Allen get the opportunity to make history in front of a home crowd at TD Garden, he gets the chance to establish a new 3-point standard against Boston’s despised rival – the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.
       That’s not all, though. Miller, who is now a television broadcaster, will be at courtside to call the game for the TNT network. Tip time is
       Allen (No. 2 on the career list with 2,559) needs only two 3s to surpass Miller.
       The soon-to-be crowned king of downtown shooting is more than likely to own the record by the end of tonight’s game. But that’s not a guarantee. The Celtics excel because of their share-the-ball mindset. And besides, Allen isn’t the type to force the issue. He gets his shots within the flow of Boston’s offensive sets.
       At some point, the record will belong to Allen, who is 35. For the Celtics, winning – especially against the Lakers – always takes precedence. They won’t sacrifice victory for the sake of a record. Even so, the odds favor Allen for tying or breaking Miller’s record tonight.
       He’s scored two or more 3-pointers in 36 of the Celtics’ 51 games this season. During that stretch, there have been just five games in which he failed to convert at least one 3-pointer. If Miller’s mark doesn’t fall tonight, basketball junkies will be forced to wait a few more days when the Miami Heat visits the Celtics on Sunday.
       Clearly, it’s just a matter of when Allen will deliver the record-breaking 3.The question that begs for an answer is this: Who will get the assist?

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