Ray Allen commits to 3-point shootout


Ray Allen commits to 3-point shootout

By Jessica Camerato

BOSTON - Ray Allen has committed to participate in the Three-Point Shootout during NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.

His teammate, Paul Pierce, is the defending champion. The league has yet to officially announce the contestants.

Earlier this week Pierce tweeted, "I think me and Ray Allen need to have a shootout in this years 3pt contest what y'all think come on NBA make it happen."

Although Pierce has not challenged Allen to the contest in person, Allen is more than ready.

"I'm up for any challenge. I'm always up for a challenge," he said, adding, "When would you think I'd ever back down to shooting?"

Allen said 'yes' while the Celtics were in Washington last month.

He is nine 3-pointers shy of breaking the all-time record of most 3-pointers made in NBA history. He is shooting 45.8 percent from long-range this season.

On Thursday, Allen was named as a reserve to the Eastern Conference All-Star team. Even though he was uncertain if he would make the team, he still planned on being in LA.

"I was going regardless," he said.

Allen won the contest in 2001 as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks and also competed in 2000, 2002, 2005, and 2006.

He participated in the Slam Dunk Contest in 1997 as well.

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Celtics sign former Laker second-rounder Ryan Kelly

Celtics sign former Laker second-rounder Ryan Kelly

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics made one more roster move on Friday, but not the one many were anticipating.

Instead of trimming the training camp roster down to 15 players, the Celtics expanded it by signing Ryan Kelly.

The 6-foot-11 forward appeared in six games for the Atlanta Hawks during the preseason, averaging 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

A former second round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2013, Kelly has appeared in 147 games with career averages of 6.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

Boston already has a stacked roster at the power forward/center position, which is why they decided to waive second round pick and former Providence College star Ben Bentil earlier on Friday.

The addition of Kelly, on the surface at least, doesn't make a lot of sense.

But the Celtics are trying to build a team for the present while keeping an eye on the future.

When the Celtics waived Bentil, they did so with the knowledge that he was unlikely to sign with their Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

But with Kelly, the veteran big man will likely wind up with the Red Claws which will allow the Celtics to get a closer look at him without impacting their roster status which is currently at 16, one above the league-maximum.

The final roster spot will come down to James Young and R.J. Hunter. The Celtics have until 5 p.m. Monday to make a decision, a decision that team officials have repeatedly said in recent days will come down to the wire.