Chris Forsberg from ESPNBoston is down in Miami on the scene and passed along a couple telling quotes from Ray Allen at today’s shootaround:
On the possibility of him sitting out Game 2 to rest his ailing ankles: “Hell no. This is not the time to sit down.”
What about the injury has bothered his game the most: “It’s lift. When you don’t jump on your jumpshot it changes your arc. So many people call me and tell you got to get the ball in the air more, I’m like, ‘Thank you for the advice. I’ve only been doing this for 20 years. “I know how it affects me. So I’m just working on getting that back, and making sure I keep the ball in the air.”
Someone seems a bit perturbed. However, if I was greatest 3-point shooter in NBA history and people were trying to give me the same advice, I’m probably react in similar fashion.
Here’s Doc on Ray: “We don’t know what the right prescription is for him. We tried it the other way, we told him, ‘Don’t shoot, don’t do anything.’ Well that didn’t help him because he’s a great shooter. So we told him, ‘Just do your routine, and if you feel great, great; if you don’t, then we’ll do something else.'”
Other item of note: You will not see Kevin Garnett guarding Shane Battier tonight. Doc thinks the mismatch cost the C’s too much in help defense, as Garnett had to stay with Battier on the perimeter to protect against the 3-ball.
For more check out Forsberg’s full post at ESPNBoston