Five things on Allen's road to the 3-point record

Five things on Allen's road to the 3-point record

Ray Allen knocked down his first three-point shot just minutes into his NBA debut. Since then he has amassed a total of 2,559 treys over his 15-year career.

On Thursday night, he has the opportunity to break Reggie Millers all-time 3-point field goal record (2,560) against the Los Angles Lakers at TD Garden. It will take one to tie, two to break, and with Allen shooting a career-best 46.2 percent from long-range, the mark is well within reach.

My perspective on basketball never changed. I still always felt like I had to figure out how to play the game, Allen told CSNNE.com. It's just something that happened because I've been healthy and playing on good teams and taking care of myself.

Here are five things to know about Allens journey toward the record:

How It All Began

And it began quickly. Allen made his first NBA 3-point field goal three minutes into his rookie debut on November 1, 1996. He shot 2-for-3 from long-range as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 111-103, on Opening Night. Allen, who was in the starting lineup with former Celtics Vin Baker and Sherman Douglas, finished with 13 points.

When Reggie Set the Record

A 22-year-old Allen was in his second year in the NBA, playing for the Bucks. He had made just 244 3-pointers when Miller set the current record on April 13, 1998. Allen, ironically, shot 0-for-6 from three-point range the following night. That season he ranked 9th overall in 3-pointers. Miller ranked second and Wesley Person led the league.

Welcome to Boston

Allen scored his first 3-pointer as a Celtic on Opening Night, November 2, 2007, at TD Garden against the Washington Wizards. He hit the shot with 56 seconds left in the first quarter. Credit the assist to . . . Brian Scalabrine. Allen has scored 639 treys since being traded to the Celtics. (He made 1,051 as a member of the Bucks and 869 with the Seattle SuperSonics.)

Give Him a Ten

Allen's regular season single-game high is 10 3-pointers, set on April 14, 2002 in a Bucks win over the Charlotte Hornets. Allen is one of six players to hit 10 treys in a game - Joe Dumars, George McCloud, Brian Shaw, J.R. Smith, and Peja Stojakovic have done it as well. Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall share the record with 12 3-point field goals in a single game.

Getting It Done in the Playoffs

Allen set an NBA Finals record last season with eight 3-pointers in Game 2 against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. He connected for seven treys against the Lakers in the 2008 Finals and previously shared that mark with Scottie Pippen and Kenny Smith. Allens career-high postseason total is 57 treys in the 2001 playoffs with the Bucks. Miller made a league-record 58 the previous postseason.
Allens quest toward the record will begin on Thursday night at 8pm EST in front of the Celtics home crowd.

"Definitely, this is the place to do it, the place to be, said Allen. It just seems right, being in this building."

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When the First Shot Fell

On Thursday night the Boston Celtics have the opportunity to experience NBA history if Ray Allen breaks the all-time 3-point record, currently held by Reggie Miller. See where the Celtics were when Allens prowess began on November 1, 1996:

Michael Jordan scored 30 points against the Celtics in a 107-98 Chicago Bulls win. Dana Barros led the C's with 24 points off the bench.

Shaquille O'Neal played his first game as a Los Angeles Laker, recording a double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds, in a 96-82 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Kevin Garnett began his second NBA season with 17 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the San Antonio Spurs, 82-78.

Paul Pierce was gearing up for his sophomore season at the University of Kansas.

Avery Bradley was three weeks shy of his 6th birthday.

Despite discord, Goodell's reign may not be nearing end

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Despite discord, Goodell's reign may not be nearing end

Monday may have marked a low point in the relationship between the NFL and its on-field employees.

The fight between the league and its best player of the past two decades was in the headlines again. Tom Brady, tied to the NFL’s bumper and dragged around for almost 500 days, had his NFLPA legal team baring its teeth again in the Deflategate mess. The eye-gouging and hair-pulling in that imbroglio over a puff of air allegedly being removed from footballs has cost the league and the PA about $25M so far.

Meanwhile, NFLPA President Eric Winston was saying the league "cannot be trusted to do the right thing when it involves players.” That comment flowed from a Congressional report alleging the NFL tried to exert influence over who would conduct studies regarding Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), the condition that’s been blamed for a myriad of former players winding up addled, incapacitated or dead.

I say “may have marked” because the relationship between the two sides has cratered so frequently over the past two years, it’s hard to know exactly what the low point has been. Or how much lower it can go.

And, with the 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement only half done, there is ample opportunity for things to get worse. Because, really, why would they get better?

With the NFL’s owners safe knowing that their emperor/puppet/human shield is still in place to take the hits and do their dirty work, there’s seemingly no groundswell among that group to relieve Roger Goodell of his duties. Despite reports of growing owner discontent over Deflategate, the Ray Rice investigation, and an appeal of a case in which the league was found to have withheld $100M from players, there is no Sword of Damocles dangling over the league to cut ties with Goodell.

He was able to oversee the league’s re-entry in Los Angeles (though that “triumph” was fraught with owner acrimony), is going to get a game played in China, keeps edging closer to getting a franchise based in Europe and may even land one in Las Vegas, has enhanced the league’s reach on social media (the announcement of some games being aired on Twitter) and keeps making billions hand over fist.

Goodell’s presence won’t be an impediment to a new labor deal getting done for another five years. By then, when the issues of Goodell’s role in player discipline, drug testing and his relationship with the union come to the fore, the owners might feel compelled to cut him loose after 15 seasons in charge.

But even then, the league’s owners will be in the business of pointing out to the players how good they’ve had it under the current CBA. The league’s salary cap structure – decried as a disaster in the first years of the deal – has seen the cap grow from $120M in 2011 to $155M this year. Players’ practice time and the wear and tear on their bodies has been reduced thanks to the new limits on contact enacted. Benefits are better. Retired players are getting better care. Players have more off-field marketing opportunities with companies that want to affix themselves to the most popular sport in the United States.

As bad as the headlines have been for Goodell, in five years (or probably fewer since negotiations on a new CBA will begin in 2020) who will remember the disaster that’s been Deflategate? How inspired will players be to miss games and paychecks for the satisfaction of knowing Goodell can’t be his own arbitrator anymore?

To sum it up, Goodell’s dark disciplinary reign may well continue unabated for a few more seasons. But as long as the league rains money on its players through the end of this decade, the clock isn’t ticking on Goodell and the owners in the form of labor strife.

Smith: Brady made an 'incredibly generous offer' to settle Deflategate

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Smith: Brady made an 'incredibly generous offer' to settle Deflategate

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith joined the Dan Patrick Show -- hosted by Ross Tucker on Monday -- to discuss the petition that was eventually filed to the Second Circuit requesting a rehearing for Tom Brady's case. 

During the discussion, Smith insisted that Brady made a settlement offer long ago that might've resolved things. But because the NFL wanted more, a deal was never struck. Now here we are, almost 500 days since the AFC Championship Game in January of 2015, and Deflategate is still a living, breathing thing. 

"Tom's a standup guy," Smith said. "And I think he made a settlement offer to resolve this. The league chose not to take it, and that's where we are . . . I don't want to go into details, but it was an incredibly generous offer to resolve this. The league asked for something that no man should agree to do."

Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran explained on Monday's episode of Quick Slants that Brady was willing to accept a one-game suspension for a lack of cooperation at the outset of the investigation. But the league was looking for a face to take the blame, Curran explained. 

Both Jim McNally and John Jastremski were willing to take the heat off of Brady, but Brady insisted that he would not throw anyone else under the bus because he believed that there was no wrongdoing on his part or anyone else's when it came to the preparation of game footballs. 

With no one offered up to shoulder the blame, the NFL declined to agree to any proposal from Brady's camp. At that point, it would have been almost impossible to predict that this case would one day be only a step or two from getting the US Supreme Court involved. 

Yet here we are.