Allen needs two for the 3-point record

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Allen needs two for the 3-point record

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

BOSTON Since he came to Boston, Ray Allen has often been viewed as the third cog in Boston's Big Three machine despite being viewed by many as one of the greatest shooters to ever play in the NBA.

Let's face it.

Three is a good number for Allen.

So it's only fitting that it's the 3-point shot that gives Allen his best shot at basketball immortality.

The 6-foot-5 guard's assault on the NBA's record books for 3-pointers made is just about complete.

Against the Bobcats Monday, he needed four more to pass Reggie Miller as the league's all-time leader. He hit two in the Celtics' 94-89 loss in Charlotte, so will have a very good chance at capturing the record when the Lakers visit Boston on Thursday.

Bobcats coach and former Celtics player Paul Silas, was well aware of how close Allen was to achieving the NBA mark for most career 3-pointers made.

"We'll give him three tonight," Silas quipped before the game. "But not four. He's not going to get that record on us. But he'll get it."

Allen has made at least two 3-pointers in each of Boston's last 10 games. During that span, he had four games in which he made three, 3-pointers, and two others in which he connected on four.

"Ray is undoubtedly one of the greatest shooters to ever come through this league," said Silas, who added, "He'll be a Hall of Famer. That's pretty awesome."

Players and coaches who have watched Allen throughout here are unanimous in their belief that his greatness as a shooter in part involves an unparalleled focus on preparation.

"His work ethic is something I try to emulate," Dallas' Jason Terry told CSNNE.com.

Terry, ranked eighth all-time among 3-pointers made, points to Allen and the all-time leader, Reggie Miller, as players he has looked up to.

"We know who the pioneer was for our era; it was Reggie Miller," Terry said. "He set the bar. And now Ray Allen has raised that bar. His longevity, the way he has been able to do it, and for how long he's been doing it for, I want to continue to do that. Once Allen leaves, hopefully I'll just slide right on in."

Before he could get to Allen, he has to pass one of his Mavericks teammates, Jason Kidd, who ranks third all-time.

Kidd's inclusion near the top of the list might seem a bit odd when you consider the big knock on him coming out of college was that he couldn't shoot from the perimeter.

"That would probably be a good trivia question. Who was in the top 3?" Kidd told CSNNE.com. "My name would probably never be mentioned. But I've worked at it, and I'm proud to have made some."

So has Allen, whose date with basketball immortality will be upon us very soon.

And for players like Terry who hope to someday break his record?

Good luck!

Because Allen, even at 35 years of age, has shown no signs of slowing down.

"It's a tribute to all the work that he puts in," said Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. "He's playing better now than he has the last two years, which to me is incredible. To have him playing the way he is, at his age and as many years as he's been in the league, is incredible. It's a tribute to him and his work ethic."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Are Celtics better off building through draft or via trade?

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Are Celtics better off building through draft or via trade?

Steve Buckley joins Arbella Early Edition to give his opinion on how the Boston Celtics path to becoming a title contender will come, through the draft of via trades?

Ainge: 'This offseason is bigger' than others for Celtics

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Ainge: 'This offseason is bigger' than others for Celtics

WALTHAM, Mass. – There was very little sizzle in the moves made by Boston during last season, one in which they were hoping would be a summer full of basketball fireworks.

Well the bar is once again set relatively high for the Celtics this offseason, one in which the chances of making an impact, fireworks-worthy deal appear to be even better now than they were a year ago.

The Celtics have Brooklyn’s first-round pick in next month’s draft that has a 15.6 percent chance of being the top overall selection, and will be no worse than the sixth overall pick.

That’s just the first of eight picks for the Celtics in next month’s draft.

Boston has the potential to shed enough salary to offer a pair of near-max contracts to free agents this summer.

“We look forward to every offseason,” said Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations. “This offseason is bigger. My expectations are high this offseason. And yet I also know that it takes good fortune.”

There’s the NBA draft lottery later this month.

“We need some ping-pong balls to bounce our way, give us the best opportunity,” Ainge said.

The Celtics own Brooklyn’s first-round pick courtesy of the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce trade with Brooklyn in 2013. That pick will be no worse than the sixth overall selection this season but has a 15.6 percent chance of being the top overall selection.

“Whether we use that pick, trade that pick and … in free agency we have opportunities. That’s all we have,” Ainge said. “We have no guarantees of great things happening. We have a lot of hope. We have a lot of work ahead of us. We have to have Plan A through Z; usually it’s A through G.”