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At the start of February, there was a five-gave period during which Allen made four of 28 (14.3 percent) shots and more tragically one of 12 (8.3 percent) from the three-point range. As a result, NBA fans began to question whether or not Allen’s age had finally caught up with him.
Fox Sports Florida called Allen’s terrible shooting averages in early February “a dreadful stretch.”
The 37-year-old said of the slump:
“As a player in this league, once you get over 30, people say that you’re slowing down, that you’re over the hill. But for me it doesn’t really make a difference because the game has slowed down a lot more for me because I see it a lot easier.”
Heat forward LeBron James didn’t seem too phased by Allen’s sudden inability to shoot, though. “We never wondered why he was in a slump,” James said. “He never worried about it…He’s a huge threat…Ray is one of those few guys in our league that can miss 99 in a row and that 100th one, if you’re not guarding it, he’s going to drain it.”
Yet, the question of Allen’s age remains.
Are his 16 full years in the NBA finally taking a toll on his well-conditioned body?