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only the 14th game in his career — regular-season and postseason
combined — where he missed three free throws or more. Not only that,
but he missed three in a row in Game 4.
After Allen missed his final three attempts, Kevin
Garnett clanked two more, preventing Boston from charging closer
than four points in the final minutes. Allen has only missed three free
throws or more in 12 of 1,022 regular-season games. He hadn't missed
three freebies in a row since Feb. 10, 2007 and hadn't missed three
consecutive from the charity stripe since a playoff game between the
Spurs and Sonics on May 17, 2005.
"I hadn't shot that many in a while," said Allen, who reported he
kept count of the 150 attempts and missed only five. "The thing about it
is, I had such a bad rhythm [in Miami], I just trying to figure out
where it came from."
I'm willing to bet Ray was one pissed off dude after missing those free throws. I wouldn't be surprised if he took a 5-iron to some priceless vase sitting in his foyer (Sorry honey, I accidentally knocked it over with my luggage).
On Page 2, why Paul Pierce is talking about Nomar.
thing is that I want to retire as a Celtic. And if they get into a
rebuilding phase . . . I don’t know.
“Who knows what’s going to happen? Who knows what’s going to happen
with Doc (Rivers, the C’s coach)? That’s a good question, man. I don’t
know. I do want to retire a Celtic, regardless of if I have to go the
Nomar Garciaparra route or whatever.”
“I think I’m at a point in my career where it would be tough for me
to go into a full-on rebuilding phase,” Pierce said. “That’d be tough
just mentally and physically. I can’t see myself doing that anymore.
That’s why this is so important.
“I want to be a Celtic and win championships.”
Boy oh boy, Danny Ainge is going to have some tough decisions to make this off-season. Bring back Ray? Sign Pierce to an extension? It's too early in the morning for such heavy discussion.
The rest of the links:
Globe – Cs have sense of urgency now | Heat have outside shot | Herald – Single victory won't satisfy Heat fans | Cs try to pull plug on Wade | CSNNE – Q up the defense | Heat/Cs preview | WEEI – Maybe Wyc can help slow Wade | Ray finishes 3rd for sportsmanship award | ESPN Boston – Eager to atone |