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.

Rex Ryan: 'If Belichick's playing quarterback, we're coming after him'

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Rex Ryan: 'If Belichick's playing quarterback, we're coming after him'

Must be Bills week. 

After Rex Ryan's club put together an impressive win at home over the Cardinals, 33-18, it wasn't long before the Bills coach was yapping about the Patriots and their coach Bill Belichick.

Ryan was asked about the quarterback situation in New England since both Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett are dealing with injuries at the moment. Who might the Bills see when they visit Gillette Stadium?

"Look, I can sit back and say I don’t care who plays quarterback, cuz I know (Tom) Brady ain’t," he said. "I don’t care who plays quarterback; Steve Grogan can play quarterback. If Belichick’s playing quarterback, we’re coming after him. I promise you that."

There's no indication yet as to whether or not Garoppolo or Brissett will be unavailable for Week 4. When asked about his level of concern when it came to his quarterbacks, Belichick didn't say much during a conference call on Sunday

Ryan, like the rest of us, will probably have to wait for the Patriots to release an injury report before he learns about the status of either young passer. And until then, he'll have to prepare for both. 

Pedroia leads Red Sox to 11th win in a row, 3-2 over Rays in 10

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Pedroia leads Red Sox to 11th win in a row, 3-2 over Rays in 10

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Dustin Pedroia used nifty baserunning to score from first base on David Ortiz's double in the 10th inning and the AL East-leading Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday for their 11th consecutive win.

Pedroia singled off Eddie Gamboa (0-1) to start the inning. The relay throw on Ortiz's hit to right center beat Pedroia to plate but he avoided Luke Maile's first tag. Pedroia's momentum carried him past the plate and when he went back to touch it, Maile was charged with an error when the ball dropped out his glove on another tag try.

Pedroia hit a solo homer and Mookie Betts extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single for the Red Sox, who secured at least an AL wild-card spot Saturday night. Boston's magic number to clinch the division title dropped to two.

Joe Kelly (4-0) went 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the win.

Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez struck out a career-high 13 in 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander and Heath Hembree combined to strikeout 11 consecutive batters to establish a major league-record. The New York Mets held the previous mark when Tom Seaver struck out 10 in a row against San Diego on Apr. 22, 1970.

Boston also set a club record by striking out 21 through nine. Kelly added two more in the 10th.

There was a moment of silence before the game for Miami pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident early Sunday. Fernandez played high school baseball in nearby Tampa, Florida after defecting from Cuba.

The Rays planned to honor Ortiz before his final game at Tropicana Field but canceled the ceremony at Ortiz's request after Fernandez's death. He had three hits in five at-bats and moved past Frank Thomas for 107th place on the career list with 2,469 hits.

Ortiz has 35 homers and 90 RBIs at Tropicana Field, which is the most of any visiting player. Alex Rodriguez is next with 30 homers and 73 RBIs.

HONORING BIG PAPI

Rays 3B Evan Longoria and RHP Chris Archer informally presented Ortiz with an oil painting of his 500th home run, which he hit at Tropicana Field last season. Ortiz was also given 34 special handmade Diamond Crown Maximus cigars and $5,000 donations in his name to the Miracle League of St. Petersburg, Florida and the University of South Florida Latino scholarship program.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Ortiz will play at Yankee Stadium for the final time during a three-game series against New York that starts Tuesday night. "Playing baseball in New York is something that is very special," Ortiz said. LHP David Price (17-8) will start for the Red Sox Tuesday night.

Rays: LHP Drew Smyly (7-11) will face White Sox RHP James Shields (3-11) Monday night in the first of four games in Chicago.

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