3-10 FG’s / 0-4 3′s / 2-2 FT’s / 8 Points
I’m not sure if this was a good idea, or a bad idea to do a shot chart on Ray Allen. Before the game I thought it would be a good idea because of his matchup with rival Richard Hamilton, so I wanted to mark out how he did against the defense of Rip. Then as the game got started I wondered why I didn’t do Sheed as it was his return to Detroit. Also as the game dragged on it didnt appear Ray was ever going to hit a shot. In the end I guess this is a good visual to see just how bad Allen struggled on the night, which was just one of many reasons the Celtics could not pull out a win against Detroit on Wednesday night.
This shot chart really has nothing to do with the defense that was being played on him. Most, if not all of these jump shots were taken without anyone in sight of Ray. He had plenty of open looks all night, none of them went down. Key misses include, as you can see on the shot chart, shots from the right elbow which was late in the fourth, and 2 from the side. The two from the side were open and shots you typically see Ray make, and the shot from near the foul line was late in the game, and was a part of the Celtics collapse.
If it weren’t for a couple of easy lay ins, Ray’s night could have looked hideous. Unfortunately this is somewhat where we have expected Ray to be this year. As the year goes on, these 3 pointers that he takes we (well I wont speak for you) but I dont EXPECT the 3′s to go down. It is good when they do, but it has become less common to a point where I can personally make it an expectation. His 3 point percentage has dropped drastically since last year, and he hasn’t done anything as of late to raise it.
This shot chart brings me little hope for Ray. All I want is hope that he will come around. I believe he will, but I need a reason to believe. For now he just needs to find a little groove to get into. This was obviously his worse game in quite some time, so it doesnt depict the entire picture, but he hasnt put greens all over the board much this year. For tomorrow nights game I will do a shot chart on Kevin Garnett for his return so make sure to stop by.