Allen breaks 3-point record, savors the moment

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Allen breaks 3-point record, savors the moment

By JessicaCamerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON - For 2,560 three-pointers, Ray Allen was a basketball player. He celebrated the baskets in fist pumps, high fives, and elevated shoulder bumps with his teammates.

But after knocking down his record-breaking 2,561st long-range shot, he was a human being. He celebrated in handshakes, hugs, and long embraces with family members.

Allen has spent the past 15 years making three-point shooting look effortless. His quick release looks automatic and his smooth follow-through seems like second nature.

There is little time for thinking about each basket in the flow of the game. Catch and shoot . . . then move on.

On Thursday night in front of a home crowd, however, Allen was able to take a moment to bask in the magnitude of his accomplishments.

Allen broke Reggie Millers all-time 3-point record in the first quarter of the Boston Celtics game against the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden. He tied Millers mark (2,560) with 4:14 left in the quarter and passed it less than three minutes later.

When the buzzer sounded at the end of the quarter, Allen was able to step outside of his role as a basketball player and enjoy the feat without a shot clock or defender in his face.

It was a moment he had anticipated - and pondered - as he neared the mark.

Allen spoke with Miller, who was broadcasting the game, earlier in the day and asked for advice beforehand. Determining how to celebrate the record posed more of a question than how to break it.

I told him, What do I do? I dont know what to do,' said Allen. Do I just sit there and look stupid or do I stand up? I dont know. Reggie said, 'I dont know either. I just think youve got to do whatever you feel because that is your moment.' I said, Well I am glad youre here because this is your moment as well, and Im glad I can share it with you.

Allen acknowledged the crowd and then walked across the court to the broadcast table where Miller was working. First a handshake, then a hug. The two enjoyed a moment of mutual admiration for each others careers.

Allens mother stood just feet away on the court, waiting patiently to congratulate the son who she has tirelessly cheered on night in and night out. Their special moment was captured on the Jumbotron, with emotions displayed throughout the entire arena.

Allen then made his way over to his family. Amid screaming fans, he was a son, a husband, a father.

Once the timeout came, I just knew I had to go over there and say thank you again to Reggie, he said. My mom was standing there, she was in tears, so I wanted to make sure I thanked my family for being there for me. You dont do anything in any sport or job, without the backbone of your family. Theyre making sure I have the confidence to walk out of the house, so I can come here and do this job every night, making sure I eat right, that the kids are taken care of. Without them, I cant be who I am.

And Allen knows the Celtics wouldnt be who they are without their fans, either. Allen needed four 3-pointers to break the record when the Celtics played the Bobcats in Charlotte on Monday. He made two that night.

It was all about these fans in Boston, it was all about the fans in Boston, he said. I think about anything Ive ever done in my career, the stage here is set, and everybody was ready. Going back a game or so ago in Charlotte, the stage wasnt there, and I knew people wanted to see me do it. If I did it, I did it, but the stage here was set. When I ran out on the floor, and saw all the signs, and all the people.

This record, I just didnt really understand until that moment just how big it was.

After 15 years, Allen was able to take a moment to realize it all.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter athttp:twitter.comjcameratoNBA

Celtics' team plane receives bomb threat

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Celtics' team plane receives bomb threat

BOSTON -- There was a bomb threat to the Boston Celtics’ team plane to Oklahoma City on Saturday afternoon, but no one was injured.

The incident will be investigated by NBA security which will work in conjunction with the FBI on this matter which was one of several hoaxes called into airports across the country on Saturday.

News of the bomb threat was first known when Celtics forward Jae Crowder posted an Instagram photo showing players departing the plane with the caption, “BOMB THREAT ON US”.

Celtics officials declined to comment on the matter and instead referred all bomb threat-related questions to the league office.

Messages to the league office were not immediately returned.

Celtics' ball movement among NBA's best, with or without Thomas

Celtics' ball movement among NBA's best, with or without Thomas

BOSTON – When it comes to winning basketball, keep it moving – the ball that is – has become a staple of the Celtics this season. 
 
And lately they’ve had to do it without Isaiah Thomas, the team’s leading scorer at 26 points per game as well as their top assists guy (6.2) who will miss hish third game in a row Sunday in Oklahoma City because of a right groin injury.
 
The Celtics have split their first two games without Thomas, with the most recent being a 101-94 home loss to Toronto on Friday.
 
When it comes to this team and ball movement, fans are just as divided when it pertains to whether the Celtics move the ball better without the high-scoring Thomas in the lineup. 
 
Regardless of what fans think they know about this team and how they move the ball, the numbers paint a very clear picture that this team’s ball movement is among the best in the NBA, with or without Thomas in the lineup. 

And that will be important on Sunday against an Oklahoma City team that doesn’t rely on the ball swinging from one side of the floor to the other, nearly as much as the Celtics. 
 
The Thunder, led by MVP candidate Russell Westbrook, are dead-last in the NBA when it comes to passes made per game (267.1). 
 
Meanwhile, the Celtics are at the opposite end of the passing game spectrum, averaging 331.7 passes per game, which is second in the NBA (Philadelphia, 354.3).
 
And in the two games without Thomas, Boston has averaged 347.0 passes per game, which ranks second in the NBA in that period of time. 
 
In addition to missing his points and assists, the Celtics must also find ways to make plays in filling the void left by a player who has the ball in his hands a lot of the time. 
 
Thomas’ usage percentage (percentage of plays used by a player while he’s on the floor) of 32.9 percent ranks seventh in the NBA, ahead of notable stars such as San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard (30.9 percent), Portland’s Damian Lillard (30.8 percent), New York’s Carmelo Anthony (29.5 percent), as well as Cleveland’s LeBron James (29 percent) and Golden State’s back-to-back NBA MVP Stephen Curry (28.2 percent).
 
So, considering how involved Thomas has been in the team’s offense, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the numbers in terms of passing and ball movement are better without him than they are when he’s on the floor playing. 
 
What should be surprising is that the gap statistically without him, isn’t greater. 
 
Boston has been a top five team when it comes to assists this season, currently third in the league with 24.7 assists per game. In the past two games without Thomas, the Celtics’ assists numbers have risen to 26.5 per game, but that only ranks fifth in the league in that span.
 
When it comes to potential assists and secondary assists (a.k.a. the “hockey” assist), Boston’s numbers have improved slightly without Thomas as well, but in each category Boston is ranked second in the league. 
 
And that ranking is with, and without Thomas in the lineup. 
 
While it’s not clear if Thomas knows just how close the numbers in terms of ball movement are with and without him playing, he is acutely aware that there are some who believe they are a better team in terms of keeping the ball moving without him.
 
“I can’t control that,” Thomas told reporters on Friday. “At this point, I laugh about it. I know what I mean to my teammates. I know what I mean to this organization, to Brad Stevens.”