Daily NBA Fix 5-25-14: Ray Allen Shines By Doing What Ray Allen Does

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Welcome to the Daily NBA Fix for Sunday, May 25, the morning after Ray Allen reminded us—again—why he is one of the greatest shooters ever to lace up a pair of kicks.

Allen hit all four of his 3-point attempts in the fourth quarter Saturday night, scoring 13 of his 16 points in the final 12 minutes to help the Miami Heat pull away from the Indiana Pacers for a 99-87 win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals and a 2-1 lead in the series.

It’s not like we haven’t seen him do this before. In fact, Allen has done it 2,973 times in regular-season play—more than anyone who has ever worn Jerry West’s silhouette on their chest. And he’s done it another 371 times in the postseason, also the most made 3-pointers in NBA history.

Allen, at age 38, is not the player who made 10 All-Star Games and led the NBA in 3-point makes three different seasons.

In terms of percentages, he’s not the most accurate 3-point shooter ever. His 40 percent mark in the regular season is tied with Glen Rice for 36th all-time. In the playoffs, he’s hit 40.2 percent of his attempts, good for 36th on the all-time list.

But that also represents the very best of Ray Allen. For most of his career, he has displayed the consistency of a metronome. He’s not the flashiest player on the floor. But there’s that shooting stroke, the one that has enabled him to become an All-Star in his 20s, remain one into his mid-30s and transition into a hired 3-point gunner in his late 30s.

Since joining the Heat in 2012-13, Allen has attempted 641 3-pointers, almost 54 percent of his total attempts, and he’s made 39.8 percent of them—slightly less than his career mark of 40 percent.

It can be a very difficult transition for a player, the one from star to role player. Allen Iverson tried, but couldn’t pull it off. Others opted to hang up their sneakers rather than make the transition.

Ray Allen, however, made the transition, just has he has throughout a career that has spanned parts of seven seasons in Milwaukee, parts of five campaigns in Seattle, five full years in Boston and two more in Miami, and his role now is a simple one—get open 3s, make open 3s.

The Daily NBA Fix will focus on the happenings around the Association, along with a look at the daily lines for those who want to drop a buck or two on a wager. Here’s some highlights from Saturday’s action:

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  • Tyrone Bowman

    My brother thinks Steph Curry has the purest shot in the NBA. Ray Allen may just be a 3-point shooter, has a little drive game too. It’s crazy these guys Allen, Barry, Green, Korver, Reddick etc. find themselves open constantly during games. If I were a coach I’d assign one guy for the entire game (two guys, so one can go to the bench some) to be on those shooters like glue. Leave Ray Allen or Norris Cole open for 3 tough one. Allen or Bosh, another difficult decision……

    • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

      Problem is that Chalmers, Cole, Allen, Bosh, and Battier (not so much this year) can knock down the 3 reliably if you don’t guard them.

      • Tyrone Bowman

        Most players can knock down an open 3. Until Game 4 Bosh couldn’t. I’d still rather have Cole or Bosh shoot a 3 then Ray Allen. I know Allen’s percentages aren’t super high, but he’s proven to be quite reliable. I’m excited to see if the Pacers can come out like gangbusters tonight.

        • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

          Cole is shooting 47% from three in the post season. Bosh is shooting 42%, but that was up at 49% going into the series. Allen is down at 37%.

          My point wasn’t that you should leave Allen open. My point is just that you really can’t afford to leave any of them open. But sometimes you just don’t have a choice. The only thing worse than an open corner three by Ray Allen? A LeBron James layup attempt without a double team.

          • Tyrone Bowman

            Two points is better than three though. Don’t just nudge LeBron to give him an and-one. Force him to make two free throws if you can. I know the Pacers are better than what they’ve shown. Too many times their offense has looked flustered. If that doesn’t change it’ll end tonight. I get Allen’s stats are worse. Still I say those numbers lie. It’s like on the Spurs Green is the last person you want shooting a 3. Yes Mills and Leonard can hit them, but you’d rather it be them than Danny. Ultimately I agree you don’t want to leave anyone open. That’s why it’s important for team defenses to thrive on 1-on-1 coverage.

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            Yeah. The Heat getting to the rim was responsible for most of the free throw discrepancy the other night. Bosh knocking down those early jumpers paid off big time.

            This is the first time in the three playoff series between these teams that Miami has had both Wade and Bosh reasonably healthy. Bosh missed the 2012 series with a torn abdominal muscle, and Wade probably should have been on crutches this time last year. It is pretty terrifying when all three of them are going.