Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  5 responses

Ray Allen’s Shot is Broken

Due to an ankle injury, Ray Allen can’t get the proper lift to knock down one of the prettiest jumpshots the NBA has ever seen. To make matters worse, Allen is also struggling from the free throw line. And this couldn’t be happening at a worst time for him and the Boston Celtics. From the Boston Herald and WEEI: “The Celtics have been holding a vigil for Ray Allen’s jump shot, with the hope that the hobbling guard can overcome right ankle pain to rediscover his stroke. Instead the veteran guard’s grip only seems to be slipping in the wake of his 1-for-7 performance from the field in last night’s 93-79 Game 1 loss to the Heat, which was exacerbated by a 3-for-7 free throw performance. It was the first time in Allen’s career that he missed four free throws in a playoff game. [...] Ray Allen doesn’t miss free throws, and when he does he usually finds the flaw quickly and corrects it. But after missing four more against Miami in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, he’s now shooting 60 percent at the line this postseason. ‘It’s hard to say,’ Allen said. ‘I know I don’t have good timing right now. I know the shot feels fine. If it’s short I know I do have less lift on it. It’s just timing. It’s just rhythm. It’s just getting shots up. Trying to understand what I have, what my lift is. I just take it day by day and try to figure what I’m dealing with … I believe you guys know what I’m dealing with,’ Allen said. ‘There’s nothing really to talk about. It’s like a battle within myself that I have to try and win. It’s a daily situation that I have to deal with, and this is the time that I have to be out here and do what I can to try and help this team win. When the season’s over with I have to deal with whatever I have to deal with personally. You always talk, if it was the playoffs would you play? It’s the playoffs.’”

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  • Devonte

    Doc need to start Pietrus/Stiemsma over Ray/Bass in Game2. KG back at the PF spot will hurt the Heat defense because Battier/Haslem can`t defend him. Ray will be better off the bench because no pressure will be on his ankle. Ray shouldn`t guard Wade because he can`t keep up with him and he will get quick fouls. Ray will have more rhythm off the bench and along with Bass will be better. Bass can average 16 points & 9 boards and Ray can average 15 points & 6 boards. Dooling,Hollins,Pavlovic, and Daniels should get more minutes so they can help the team win. Doc need to be like Greg Popovic play 11 guys every night. If Doc adjust the lineup the C`s will defeat Miami in 5 Games hands down.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    ^Interesting theory. I agreed with the benching Ray part, but then you claimed Pavlovic needs more minutes. Hate to break it to you, but Sacha is not the answer to beating James and Wade and the Celtics aren’t nearly as balanced as the Spurs.

  • jose

    it was just so sad to see ray ray struggle like that, i mean im a heat fan, but to see one of the L’s greatest shhoters struggle wth free throws like that. just so depressing. . .

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Reggie Miller is a better shooter than Ray Allen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pablo-Diaz/100001073365680 Pablo Diaz

    Ray is the Iceman. He doesent care about the hype. With a tranquil face, he will put it to the Boston Celtics. He is such a class act, that he will walk away with his head up and stand proud no matter what happens.