Lakers vs. Celtics, Game 3: Ray Allen’s Struggles Emphasize Summer Quandary

June 9th, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
Ray Allen curled to the left corner and found an opening to squeeze off a triple that would have trimmed a late deficit to one.

The shot looked good leaving his hands. Like every other attempt on Tuesday night, it came up short.

Two nights after setting the NBA Finals record for most made three-pointers in a game (eight), he nearly wrote himself into the history books again.

Allen finished 0-13 from the field, one heave shy of tying the all-time mark for attempts without a made basket in a Finals game.

Moments after Allen's last agonizing brick, Derek Fisher ran the length of the floor and banked in a layup as Glen Davis tackled him to give the visiting Lakers an 87-80 lead the Celtics could not overcome.

The fourth-quarter scoring tally: Fisher, 11, Allen, zero.

Sometimes, great shooters produce lamentable efforts. Allen ranks as the best of the best in the long-distance department. With at least one championship on his resume and a stroke that would give Willy Wonka goopy gut, he already stands above Reggie Miller. He can hang with anyone else, from Mark Price to Rick Barry, ...

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