Allen returns to form, comes up big for C's

Allen returns to form, comes up big for C's
June 6, 2012, 11:53 pm
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BOSTON Ray Allen is totally resigned to the idea that his gimpy right ankle is going to give him problems from time to time throughout the playoffs.
It happened in the second half of Boston's Game 5 win in Miami.
"He said it locked on him again," said C's coach Doc Rivers. "He needed our team doctor to move it; I guess it would almost be chiropractic, just to unhinge it so he can run again. That's what it was."
Allen not only returned to the game, but down the stretch returned to the near flawless free throw shooter that C's fans have come to expect when he steps to the line.
He'll hope to continue knocking down free throws -- and a few jumpers for good measure -- when the Celtics look to close out the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night at the Garden, which would catapult them to the NBA Finals for the third time in the Big Three era.
And for a C's team that has struggled at times -- OK, most of the time -- scoring, having Allen back to his old self from the line is huge.
Walter Ray Allen is a career 89.4 percent free throw shooter, but is down to just 69.2 percent in the playoffs.
He certainly came up big in Tuesday's Game 5 win with a pair of free throws -- they were number seven and number eight for him on the night -- with 13.8 seconds to play that would turn out to be the C's game-winning points.
Allen's free throw shooting form is about the same, so figuring out why he was all of a sudden bricking one shot after another was frustrating.
After reviewing himself shooting free throws, Allen noticed that he didn't get the same kind of lift on his free throws that he normally does.
Problem solved.
"I wasn't lifting and pushing through," Allen said. "It was perplexing at times. I shot so many free throws on my down time in between then. I knew that's what it was. It was just a matter of getting in a game and knocking them down."