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Three Point Contest preview: It’s not just a couple of Celtics

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For all the world cares, there are two guys in the Three-Point Shooting Contest, part of the Saturday night fun in Los Angeles for All-Star Weekend.

There’s Ray Allen, who has hit more three pointers than anyone in NBA history. Then there is Paul Pierce, the defending Three-Point Contest champion. They play for the high-profile Boston Celtics. Both have hit big shots on the biggest stages. They are friends.

And, of course, Pierce is already talking smack, as Allen relayed to Jessica Camerato of CSN New England.

“Paul has been talking all day today, all day yesterday. He was out there when I was shooting — he brought the rack out. I told him, ‘I’ve been there, done that,’ ” he said. “I know if you ask Paul, he’ll tell you that when I won, it was 10 years ago and everything’s changed since then. So I’m the dinosaur in the game, I don’t stand a chance, I don’t know the formula now since he just won last year.”

Right. Ray Allen doesn’t know how to shoot the three ball in rhythm.

Still, there are other guys that could spoil the Celtics party:

Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder): He’s the league’s leading scorer and we know he can hit the three, but he is hitting just 33.8 percent from deep on the season and 36.7 percent in his last 10 games. Those are pedestrian numbers. Hate to say it, but he really doesn’t belong here.
Daniel Gibson (Cleveland Cavaliers): In rhythm (like when LeBron James used to throw him kick-out passes) he is one of the better three-ball shooters in the league hitting 44.3 percent from three this season.

James Jones (Miami Heat): He gets LeBron James’ (and Dwyane Wade’s) kick-outs now and is hitting 42.3 percent from three this season.

Dorell Wright (Golden State Warriors): He has attempted (337) and made (135) more threes than anyone in the NBA this season. That works out to 40.1 percent shooting, incase you are not a human calculator.

Any one of those guys could get hot and win it all, but are you really going to bet against Allen and Pierce? Not if you like your money, you’re not.

More Ray Allen love from the game’s elite shooters

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Friday has been a day of tributes to Ray Allen — and he deserves it. Guy’s a legend. An icon. Now the greatest three point shooter in the history of the NBA.

One of the more interesting ones comes from A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com. He went and talked to the five other active players in the all-time top 10 for three pointers made to get their thoughts on shooting and Allen. It’s a great read.

That list includes Jason Kidd — yes, really — and former teammate of Allen in Seattle Rashard Lewis, who said he learned a lot from Ray-Ray.

“His preparation,” Lewis said, “is second to none. That’s something that I really picked up from him that, if you want to be a great player in this league, you have to work at your game and never be satisfied.”

Like the rest of us hacks, Peja Stojakovic envies the style.

“Ray is an unbelievable shooter,” Stojakovic said. “His form, release, everything is perfect. You can see he’s so focused when he shoots. It doesn’t really matter what the defense is doing.”

Also on that list, Jason Terry. (That’s two Mavs on the list, opposing teams may want to take note of that when devising defensive game plans.)

“Obviously, we know who the pioneer was for our era; it was Reggie Miller,” Terry said. “He set the bar. And now Ray Allen has raised that bar. His longevity, the way he has been able to do it, and for how long he’s been doing it for, I want to continue to do that. Once he leaves, hopefully I’ll just slide right on in.”

Video: Ray Allen becomes king of the three

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Ray Allen has as pure a stroke as the Association has ever seen.

The three-pointer he drained Thursday night to pass Reggie Miller and become the NBA’s all time leader in three pointers made was a classic Ray Allen play. He filled the lane on the break, stopped up at the arc and when the pass came his way it was one fluid motion to the release.

Watch and enjoy a pure shooter.

Ray Allen is the NBA all-time three-point leader

Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

It was a wide-open transition three, where the form was perfect. It seemed fitting.

With 1:45 left in the first quarter Allen took the pass from Rajon Rondo in transition, set his feet and had a wide open look, knocking down his 2,561st three pointer as a professional.

That moved him past Reggie Miller into the all-time lead.

Miller was at the game as an analyst for TNT and at the next break in the action Allen came over gave Miller a hug.

It felt like a coronation for Allen, a man with maybe as pure a shooting form as the league has ever seen. Allen is a career 39.8 percent shooter from three and his hitting 46.2 percent from deep this season.

Allen got his first three from straight away with 4:48 left in the first half when Kevin Garnett kicked out of the post to Allen nearly straight away and knocked it down over a late Derek Fisher close out (he had floated off Allen down to a no man’s land).

Allen had 12 points in the first quarter as the Celtics were up early on the Lakers.

Tonight is Ray Allen’s record night. Maybe.

Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics

Ray Allen needs to drain just two more threes to become the NBA’s all-time leader in three-pointers made.

It’s hard to picture a more perfect setting to break the record than tonight: At Boston Garden in a nationally televised game against the Los Angeles Lakers with Reggie Miller, the current record holder, an analyst on the broadcast. (We use the term analyst loosely with Miller.) Allen has 2,559 right now, Miller 2,560.

It should be a coronation, fitting of a guy with as pretty a shooting stroke as the league as ever seen. A guy with a fierce work ethic. A guy who deserves the record.

It’s all perfect, except…

In four of the seven finals games last season, Allen didn’t hit one three against the Lakers (as Zach Lowe pointed out at The Point Forward).

The Lakers usually have Derrick Fisher chasing Ray Allen off his many screens (while Kobe Bryant gets the Rajon Rondo assignment). But they do switch that off at times. The Lakers staff has said what they don’t want is Allen to get hot early because then things steamroll with him and the Celtics.

Of course, tonight you can bet the Celtics will be feeding him early and often to get the record.

As they should — Allen is hitting 46.2 percent of his threes this season. For his career he has hit 39.8 percent from beyond the arc. And as he told the Boston Globe this is not a one-night thing. This is what he has worked for.

“I’m here because of the preparation that I put in my whole career,” Allen said.