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Allen needs two for the 3-point record

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Allen needs two for the 3-point record

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

BOSTON Since he came to Boston, Ray Allen has often been viewed as the third cog in Boston's Big Three machine despite being viewed by many as one of the greatest shooters to ever play in the NBA.

Let's face it.

Three is a good number for Allen.

So it's only fitting that it's the 3-point shot that gives Allen his best shot at basketball immortality.

The 6-foot-5 guard's assault on the NBA's record books for 3-pointers made is just about complete.

Against the Bobcats Monday, he needed four more to pass Reggie Miller as the league's all-time leader. He hit two in the Celtics' 94-89 loss in Charlotte, so will have a very good chance at capturing the record when the Lakers visit Boston on Thursday.

Bobcats coach and former Celtics player Paul Silas, was well aware of how close Allen was to achieving the NBA mark for most career 3-pointers made.

"We'll give him three tonight," Silas quipped before the game. "But not four. He's not going to get that record on us. But he'll get it."

Allen has made at least two 3-pointers in each of Boston's last 10 games. During that span, he had four games in which he made three, 3-pointers, and two others in which he connected on four.

"Ray is undoubtedly one of the greatest shooters to ever come through this league," said Silas, who added, "He'll be a Hall of Famer. That's pretty awesome."

Players and coaches who have watched Allen throughout here are unanimous in their belief that his greatness as a shooter in part involves an unparalleled focus on preparation.

"His work ethic is something I try to emulate," Dallas' Jason Terry told CSNNE.com.

Terry, ranked eighth all-time among 3-pointers made, points to Allen and the all-time leader, Reggie Miller, as players he has looked up to.

"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 Allen leaves, hopefully I'll just slide right on in."

Before he could get to Allen, he has to pass one of his Mavericks teammates, Jason Kidd, who ranks third all-time.

Kidd's inclusion near the top of the list might seem a bit odd when you consider the big knock on him coming out of college was that he couldn't shoot from the perimeter.

"That would probably be a good trivia question. Who was in the top 3?" Kidd told CSNNE.com. "My name would probably never be mentioned. But I've worked at it, and I'm proud to have made some."

So has Allen, whose date with basketball immortality will be upon us very soon.

And for players like Terry who hope to someday break his record?

Good luck!

Because Allen, even at 35 years of age, has shown no signs of slowing down.

"It's a tribute to all the work that he puts in," said Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. "He's playing better now than he has the last two years, which to me is incredible. To have him playing the way he is, at his age and as many years as he's been in the league, is incredible. It's a tribute to him and his work ethic."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

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Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with  Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.

Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.

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“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.

Irving replied with a lewd suggestion. 

After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.

Regrets?

“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.

Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”

The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.

In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.

“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”