Noticeably, Ray Allen has been getting to the rim a lot more this year than in years past. He has been posting up a lot more in switches, and is working his magic down low. I can’t say it has hurt the team as he is shooting around 49% FG on the year. The only problem is: Where has all his three pointers gone???
On the season he is shooting 31.3% from three, much below his career average of 39.7%. Again, it is very early in the year to make any judgements. One way or another, Ray Allen is a guy who extends the floor for us. He, Eddie, and Paul are guys who make defenders have to respect them when they are around the arc. This respect creates a lot of offense. If any one of these guys is knocking down threes, a defender is forced to run him off the line and jump to get a hand in his face, instead of simply staying in the defensive position and letting the man shoot if he wants to. Celtics fans everywhere are waiting for the day Allen rediscovers his stroke so he can hit some more of those dagger threes that really deflate the opponents.
As for now, we can appreciate the ability that Ray brings to the floor. He has diversified his game, and with his age not being his closest friend, it is only in his best interest. I think at times as a Boston Celtic, Ray has relied on the three, and when he wasn’t knocking them down, he was all but useless. But now, with only hitting three 3′s in the past 5 games, Allen is still a weapon on the offensive end. In those games, he has still managed to average 15.2 ppg by using his new bag of tricks. Let it be known that this year, regardless to whether he is hitting from deep, Ray Allen is an enormous asset to the Boston Celtics starting rotation.
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