Ray Allen’s game amiss
For the second consecutive game in this edition of the NBA Finals, a Ray Allen performance inspired the stat wizards to go rushing for dusty history books on high shelves.
After Game 2 on Sunday night in Los Angeles, the guessing was that all those 3-point beauties by Allen represented some kind of record.
The guessing was correct. Allen had swished eight 3’s, the most ever in a Finals game. Previous record holder: Michael Jordan.
Which brings us to last night’s Game 3 at the Garden, a 91-84 Lakers victory in which the Celtics were chasers from midway through the first quarter through the end of the fourth, falling behind by 17 points, closing to within one a couple of times, and then fading. Nobody faded more than Allen, his game so bad you could smell it as far away as Maryland.
And once again, the stat wizards pulled out the history books in search of answers. They were guessing that Allen may have set a Finals record for most misses in a game without a field goal.
He was 0-for-13 from the field, with his only two points come from the free throw line.
He missed the record by one miss.
One record in the books, another one thankfully avoided, and Allen tried to make some kind of sense of it all.
“I think early in the game two 3’s were in and out,” Allen said, seemingly playing the game film in his head. “My legs felt good . . . and a couple of shots they got their hands on.”
“I thought they did a good job defensively,” he said.
Source: Boston Herald