Ray Allen: At a Loss

Mike PetragliaCorrespondent IMay 15, 2009

BOSTON - MAY 12:  Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics celebrates his shot in the fourth quarter against the Orlando Magic in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on May 12, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Magic 92-88.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The good news for Ray Allen is that, win or lose on Sunday night in Game 7, he has seen the last of Amway Arena until next season.

After his three games there this series, he’s probably hoping he never plays there again.

In the three road games, Allen went 11-for-37 from the field while missing all 17 of his three-point attempts.

“I try to sit back and let the game develop and let it come to me,” Allen said in the wake of the Game 6 loss at Amway Arena. “And time after time, you just sit back and wait and it never really does. I just try to find a way to have an impact out there."

"Offensively, you keep fighting it, fighting it and try to get to the free throw line. For the most part, I do things to try and make other guys better like setting screens and occupy my guy.”

The bad news for Allen is the team that limited him to two of 11 shooting from the field in Game 6, including 0-for-7 from three-point range, will be showing up on Sunday at the Garden after the Celtics squandered a 10-point third quarter lead.

“It’s hard to really say what I’m shocked by,” Allen said. “We had pretty good control of the game and ultimately it was turnovers.”

As for his struggles, Allen will wait to let the video be the judge.

“I’m sure we’ll see it on film and have a better understanding of it,” Allen said. “I think right now it’s hard to wrap my hands around it and I’m sure we’ll talk about it flying home and over the next couple of days. It’s always pretty simple when you look at it on film.

“Doc (Rivers) is on the outside watching the whole thing so I know he has a better perspective on it but as players, we do have to allow things to develop and make each other better with the little things.”

The Magic have picked on him defensively, knowing that if Allen gets it going, the Celtics soon follow.

“The game plan is to stay with him at all times,” Rashard Lewis said. “He runs off a lot of screens and even if he’s coming off a screen from the bigs, we have to help, we have to start on him and then the whole defense has to shift over. But even if we’re double-teaming Paul Pierce, we’re trying to leave Rondo, make him make the jump shot.

“But the guy guarding Ray Allen or Eddie House has to stay home, stay on him tight because all it takes is for him to hit one three-pointer and he gets himself going. He’s that type of shooter that won’t miss the rest of the night if he gets himself going,” Lewis said.

Allen never did get it going and wound up with just five points, the third time in this series he’s been held to single digits. Not coincidentally, the Magic have been victorious on all three occasions.

“If I could answer that,” Rivers said in trying to solve the Allen problem. “They’re playing good, terrific defense, they really are. We’re trying to get him more space.

"We certainly have to get him most shots and even if he doesn’t get more shots, he has to touch the ball more. That’s on us. Give them credit though, I think they’re doing a great job on him.

“He’s missing some shots but we have to do a better job and figure a way of getting him open more. I didn’t think we showed any offensive patience for the most part tonight and we have to do that. And Ray probably relies on offensive patience more than anybody on our team because we have to wait for him to get open and I think we’re pulling off of him a little bit early,” Rivers said.

Now it’s onto another Game 7.

“It is frustrating sitting here because we knew what we wanted to do but it’s the small, little things in the game that if you don’t take care of, you can’t advance until you take care of those things,” Allen said. “It seemed like we were just sitting here talking about a Game 7 with Chicago so we’re back in familiar territory.”


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