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

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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 on November 1, 1996. 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 Angeles Lakers at TD Garden. It will take one to tie and two to break the record.

With Allen shooting a career-best 46.2 percent from long-range, the mark is well within reach.

Dear Jaylen: Go back to being you

Dear Jaylen: Go back to being you

Dear Jaylen,

When the Celtics drafted you third overall, I cursed you for not being Kris Dunn. I still have no idea if you're going to be a good NBA player, but I can tell by watching you there's reason for hope. 

You're young, impressionable, and you lack confidence, which is typical for a 20-year-old whether he plays in the NBA or works at a bank. Tonight’s game against the Pacers is the time for you to take a step. Not a giant step; just a small step back towards becoming the player you were before Marcus Smart disrespected you in the Minnesota game. 

Prior to Smart’s griping at you for no reason, you had shot 11-for-22 in the previous three games. Since that time you've gone 4-for-14. This isn't a coincidence and hopefully Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens have talked to you about it. You need to know they have your back, especially if Smart doesn’t.

The tough-guy Twitter jerks will tell you to toughen up and that if you’re going to play in the league you have to be able take it. Well, they’re right, but it's unfair of them to expect that now. It’s one thing to get into it on the court with an opponent, but when one of your own dresses you down like Smart did because you drove for a layup . . . that can be a bit unnerving. 

So tonight, Jaylen, it’s all about you. Get the ball, don’t wait for the damn play and take it to the rim. It’s your time, kid, and the Celtics need you now and for the next 10 years. 

Sincerely,
Gary Tanguay
 

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