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Question of the Day
BOSTON (AP) - Asked to handicap the 3-point shooting contest, Ray Allen provided a thoughtful analysis of the players he will face at this weekend’s All-Star game in Los Angeles and complimented each of his opponents, in turn.
Paul Pierce just smiled and nodded.
“Y’all know,” Pierce said when asked for a prediction.
The Boston Celtics will have two representatives in Saturday night’s 3-point contest and, soon, two members of the NBA’s career top 10 in 3-pointers. Allen, who is No. 1 all-time after breaking Reggie Miller’s record last week, is the pensive and methodical one; Pierce is the trash-talking playmaker who’s already letting Allen know: It’s on.
In the contest, players shoot from a rack of balls from five different spots along the 3-point arc; the last ball on each rack is called the “money ball” and worth two points. In addition to Pierce, the defending champion, and Allen, this year’s contest will include Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, Golden State’s Dorell Wright, Miami’s James Jones and Cleveland’s Daniel Gibson.
Allen said he won’t do any special practicing for the event, laughing at the notion that he needed to refresh his memory with the format because the distance has changed since he won it in 2001.
“I shoot that shot every day,” said Allen, who made the finals in 2006. “I do this in my sleep _ literally. I was thinking about it last night, shooting the basketball.”
The classic professional shooter, Allen has hit a record total of 2,563 3-pointers in his career and thousands more in the gym before and after practice, honing his craft. Although Pierce has a more well-rounded game, he’s no slouch from beyond the arc: With 1,542 3-pointers in his career, he is tied for 12th with Tim Hardaway and just 17 behind ninth-place Glen Rice on the all-time list.
This is his ninth All-Star selection.
“It’s always a privilege when you make an All-Star Game and are recognized as one of the best players in the world,” he said. “It’s going to be great to be able to spend it with my teammates. … We are going to go out together and have dinner, maybe watch a show or something.
“I am going to enjoy these moments, especially with my career winding down. You don’t get too many moments like this.”
“This time I get to enjoy all the festivities,” the 5-foot-9 guard said. “I’m rooting for a tie so they have to keep shooting and going and going and going.”
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