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Shootaround Notes: Ray Allen’s Ready to Roll

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

  • chairman mao

    I like how people are telling Ray how to tweak his J now he's playing hurt. I mean I know how no/little lift affects the J so I think Ray might be privy to this information too, you know.

  • skeeds

    Boy does it suck to be Ray right now. Eeeevyrone becomes an expert. Hope this makes him angry enough to want to play twice as hard, and to want to come back next season to shut everyone up.

    It is admirable, to say the least, that he's making up for his bad shooting by working hard on defense and grabbing any rebounds he can. That can't be easy when your ankle's stabbing you with every step.
    Ray, f@ck everyone, you're a legend man, stay strong!

  • Josh

    Hey Ray, If you know what your doing wrong, why haven't any adjustments been made?! Yesterday wasn't a one game funk. If you've been doing it for 20 years, than MAKE AN ADJUSTMENT! Still love the guy tho.

  • CTVTceltics

    This comment is entirely off topic. @Brian Robb. Do you think the Celtics will trade their two consecutive picks in the draft for maybe the second New Orleans pick in the first round, which is projected as #10 for Rivers, Sullinger, or Perry Jones? Maybe a star player (Howard)? Or just hold onto the spot they are in?