Redick keeps Allen from getting 3-point record

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Redick keeps Allen from getting 3-point record

By JessicaCamerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- Ray Allen entered Sundays game against the Orlando Magic six 3-pointers shy of breaking the all-time record.

J.J. Redick would do his best to make sure it wasnt shattered on his watch.

Redick is one of the few players in the league who can effectively defend Allen on the perimeter. It's something he's been working on since he was at Duke University, studying up on Allen, Reggie Miller, and Rip Hamilton.

You have to keep a body attached to him at all times, Redick told CSNNE.com prior to the Celtics' 91-80 win over the Magic. They run a lot of catch-and-shoot sets for him and they screen really well. It's a very difficult task for anybody because he is a great player moving without the ball. When you combine that with Rajon Rondo's passing and their big guys screening, it's tough.

Redick finds the task of guarding Allen to be more mental than physical. After playing the Celtics frequently during the regular season and facing them in the past two postseasons, he has familiarized himself with the Celtics sets.

Allen shot 19 percent (8-for-42) from 3-point range during the 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Magic, including two straight games without a trey. Last season he shot 42 percent from long-range in the Eastern Conference Finals, but shot 0-for-5 and 1-for-3 during certain games in the series.

A lot of it is kind of memorizing their plays and knowing what's coming, Redick said. You have to have an awareness of what their plays are. You really have to lock in because they run a lot of misdirection. If you know it's coming, you can really be locked into him.

Allen notices Redicks attentiveness to him. He shot 2-for-4 from long-range on Sunday, now four treys away from the record.

Hes trying to force me over certain ways, Allen told CSNNE.com. But there isnt a great deal of pressure on me to shoot the ball every time. Just make the right play.

Redick hoped that Allen would not break the record against the Magic. Now that Allen is on the next opponent, though, Redick looks forward to him claiming the mark.

I know he will break that record at some point, and congrats to him, said Redick. He is, I think, the greatest shooter ever.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter athttp:twitter.comjcameratoNBA

The '86 Celtics Interviews podcast (Ep.8): Dan Shaughnessy

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The '86 Celtics Interviews podcast (Ep.8): Dan Shaughnessy

Boston Globe columnist, and former Celtics beat writer, Dan Shaughnessy sits down with CSN for an extended discussion on "The '86 Celtics Interviews" podcast. Shaughnessy talks about the greatness of that team and the players' surprising reaction when they found out he was moving from the Celtics to the Red Sox beat.

Starter, bench or DNP: Zeller ready for any role with Celtics

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Starter, bench or DNP: Zeller ready for any role with Celtics

Every weekday until Sept. 7, we'll take a look at each player at the Celtics roster: Their strengths and their weaknesses, their ceiling and their floor. We continue today with Tyler Zeller. For a look at the other profiles, click here.

BOSTON – The NBA is a league full of highs and lows for players.

There are few who understand this as well as Tyler Zeller, a player who has gone from starting to being a backup to not playing at all – at times in the same week.

And through it all, you never heard him gripe about it publicly or privately to teammates.

It’s among the many reasons you constantly hear his teammates talk about how much they respect the way he has handled some extremely difficult situations.

This past season was especially tough for him considering he was heading into free agency and looking to do all he could to not just win, but showcase what he could do as player.

There were many nights when Zeller didn’t have that opportunity, but he understood.

The Celtics have been and will continue to be a team that’s about finding ways to win and on many nights coach Brad Stevens decided to go in a direction that didn’t include Zeller playing.

As the summer dragged on and the Celtics’ joined the handful of teams that came up short in landing Kevin Durant, Zeller’s return became more likely.

And Zeller’s patience was rewarded with a two-year, $16 million contract with the second year of the deal being a team option.

Now that he’s back in the fold, what’s next?

The ceiling for Zeller: Part-time starter

It may not happen on opening night and it may not happen in the first week, or even first month, of the season.

But at some point, Tyler Zeller will be in the Celtics’ starting lineup.

And when he’s there, he’ll do a lot of good things that he has proven he’s capable of doing.

When it comes to running the floor in transition, Zeller has distinguished himself as one of the Celtics best big men.

The Celtics are big on playing with space and pace and there are few 7-footers who can run the floor as well as Zeller.

In fact, his PACE (number of possessions per 48 minutes) last season was 101.93 which was tops among all Celtics frontcourt players and second overall to guard Marcus Smart (102.46).

It’ll get the Celtics a few easy buckets here and there, but it won’t score enough points with the coaching staff to keep a starting job, which would then relegate him back to being one of the team’s frontcourt reserves.

Still, Zeller is a luxury that few teams have: a player who won’t get (overly) bent out of shape even if his minutes resemble this.

The floor for Zeller: On the roster

Zeller has spent the bulk of his NBA career as a back-to-the-basket center, but showed more desire to score more from the perimeter last season, which is one of the reasons why he shot a career-low 47.6 percent from the field.

He’s trying to expand his game because of the direction that the NBA is going with big men who need to be able to score further away from the basket in addition to providing a presence around the rim.

While Zeller has decent mechanics on his perimeter shot, it’s clear that he’s not yet totally comfortable being a “stretch big.”

According to NBA.com/stats, Zeller shot 30.9 percent from the field last season on wide open shot attempts from at least 10 feet away.

With the addition of Al Horford and the return of Amir Johnson as well as Kelly Olynyk, Boston has a nice group of stretch centers they can put on the floor. And let’s not forget about Jonas Jerebko, who closed out the playoffs as a starter for Boston.

Minutes will once again be hard to come by for Zeller with any kind of consistency.

In fact, there’s a very good chance that he will have some games in which he doesn’t play (coaches decision) at all.

And depending on injuries, he may have to be inactive at times just to ensure Boston has depth on the perimeter.

Whether he’s starting, coming off the bench or not suited up at all, Zeller is an important part of this Celtics squad. Above all else, he provides depth, which continues to be one of the hallmarks for this franchise under Stevens.