Allen's keys to winning the NBA Three-Point Shootout

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Allen's keys to winning the NBA Three-Point Shootout

By JessicaCamerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- Last week Ray Allen broke the record for most 3-pointers made in NBA history. This weekend, he will compete for another title in the Three-Point Shootout.

It may have been 10 years since Allen won the contest, but hes ready to compete in 2011. After making over 2,500 shots in his career, he is taking a laidback approach to the competition.

Dont be fooled, though, this All-Star is in it to win it on Saturday night in Los Angeles.

Friendly Competition
They may be all about helping one another on the Celtics, but its every man for himself as Allen battles teammates and defending champion, Paul Pierce.

Paul has been talking all day today, all day yesterday. He was out there when I was shooting -- he brought the rack out. I told him, 'Ive been there, done that,' he said. I know if you ask Paul, hell tell you that when I won, it was 10 years ago and everythings changed since then. So Im the dinosaur in the game, I dont stand a chance, I dont know the formula now since he just won last year.

Like Second Nature
The setting may be different with the fanfare of All-Star Weekend all around him, but Allen is approaching this competition like he does any other game.

Ill practice before and that day, but I try not to put too much emphasis on it," he said. You just go out there and do what you know youre capable of doing . . . I do this in my sleep. Literally, I was thinking about it last night, shooting the basketball.

Banking the Money Balls
Allen doesnt see that many differences between shooting in a game setting and the contest, although there that contestants have to adapt to.

I guess the only difference is the balls, depending on what the balls do, he said. Especially the money ball, the money balls a little stickier so it can hit the rim wrong and it wont go in or bounce out. When you get to the money ball, you have to make sure the ball doesnt stick on your hands, but just shooting is no different. Its all about making a couple in a row and just sticking with your rhythm.

Work for Every Basket
Even though Allen is the record-holder and Pierce is the defending champion, he is not overlooking his competition in Kevin Durant, James Jones, Daniel Gibson, and Dorell Wright.

Its not like because I just had the three-point record or Paul won last year, doesnt mean were guaranteed to win it, he said. Weve proven that we can win on that stage, but between those guys, if guys pretty much have ice in their veins, they can knock down shots on the big stage.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter athttp:twitter.comjcameratoNBA

Rozier ready to compete for serious minutes in Celtics rotation

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Rozier ready to compete for serious minutes in Celtics rotation

WALTHAM, Mass. – Summer league was in full bloom and Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier was killin’ it.
 
Scoring.
 
Dropping dimes.
 
Swooping in for rebounds.
 
Young fella was having the kind of summer that breeds confidence for him as well as the franchise that shocked many in selecting him as high as they did in 2015.  
 
But as well as he played, he knew getting on the floor wasn’t going to be easy because he would have to cut into the minutes of already-established players.
 
And then he got the news that Evan Turner was leaving for Portland after agreeing to a four-year, $70 million contract.
 
Turner’s departure meant Rozier’s chances of playing regular minutes had indeed arrived.

“Nobody wants to lose a guy like ET; great looker room guy, great down the stretch,” Rozier told CSNNE.com. “But that gave me even more of an opportunity to play and step up. It gave me a better feeling about this year, knowing I could get minutes.”

On Monday during media day, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was asked about the void on the Celtic’s roster with Turner now playing for the Blazers.
 
“I miss Evan Turner already; loved having him around,” Ainge said. He’s not going to be easy to replace and neither will Jared Sullinger (he signed a one-year deal with Toronto). But we do have some exciting young players. Jaylen (Brown) and Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier … very exciting players. I don’t know who will get all of Evan’s minutes, but they will be shared and we can fill that void.”

But Turner’s 28.0 minutes per game will likely serve as a portion of the minutes Rozier will carve out for his own this season.
 
“I know he’s going to try and take some of my minutes,” said Celtics all-star guard Isaiah Thomas earlier this summer. “But that’s what it’s about; competing.”
 
Rozier’s competitive nature has stood out during his short time in Boston, with the 22-year-old finding a way to balance that with not being too pushy or too hungry to play.
 
“He’s an All-Star,” Rozier said of Thomas. “I look at it like this. To go up against someone like (Thomas) every day is a blessing.”
 
But Rozier soon adds, “I’m trying to get better, but I want to play too. Getting his minutes, anybody’s minutes, I’m going for it. But I know he’s not going to lighten up and make it easy for me. I know that. I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
 
And as he gradually establishes a role for himself on this team, maybe then people will warm up to a player that so many had doubts about when the Celtics selected him with the 16th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft.
 
“I’ve been doubted all my life,” Rozier said. “It ain’t hurt me. I always tell myself, ‘they’re gonna fall in love with me because I play hard and they’re gonna fall in love with my intensity level. People didn’t know who I was; that’s fine. They’ll find out about me soon enough.”

Kelly Olynyk talks about his shoulder injury; improving his consistency

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Kelly Olynyk talks about his shoulder injury; improving his consistency

Celtics forward/center Kelly Olynyk sits down with Mike Gorman and Brian Scalabrine on Media Day to talk about how the recovery from his shoulder injury is progressing and becoming more consistent this season.

Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely then discuss whether this is a make or break year for Olynyk, who will be a restricted free-agent at the end of the season.

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