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Redick keeps Allen from getting 3-point record

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Redick keeps Allen from getting 3-point record

By JessicaCamerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- Ray Allen entered Sundays game against the Orlando Magic six 3-pointers shy of breaking the all-time record.

J.J. Redick would do his best to make sure it wasnt shattered on his watch.

Redick is one of the few players in the league who can effectively defend Allen on the perimeter. It's something he's been working on since he was at Duke University, studying up on Allen, Reggie Miller, and Rip Hamilton.

You have to keep a body attached to him at all times, Redick told CSNNE.com prior to the Celtics' 91-80 win over the Magic. They run a lot of catch-and-shoot sets for him and they screen really well. It's a very difficult task for anybody because he is a great player moving without the ball. When you combine that with Rajon Rondo's passing and their big guys screening, it's tough.

Redick finds the task of guarding Allen to be more mental than physical. After playing the Celtics frequently during the regular season and facing them in the past two postseasons, he has familiarized himself with the Celtics sets.

Allen shot 19 percent (8-for-42) from 3-point range during the 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Magic, including two straight games without a trey. Last season he shot 42 percent from long-range in the Eastern Conference Finals, but shot 0-for-5 and 1-for-3 during certain games in the series.

A lot of it is kind of memorizing their plays and knowing what's coming, Redick said. You have to have an awareness of what their plays are. You really have to lock in because they run a lot of misdirection. If you know it's coming, you can really be locked into him.

Allen notices Redicks attentiveness to him. He shot 2-for-4 from long-range on Sunday, now four treys away from the record.

Hes trying to force me over certain ways, Allen told CSNNE.com. But there isnt a great deal of pressure on me to shoot the ball every time. Just make the right play.

Redick hoped that Allen would not break the record against the Magic. Now that Allen is on the next opponent, though, Redick looks forward to him claiming the mark.

I know he will break that record at some point, and congrats to him, said Redick. He is, I think, the greatest shooter ever.

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Plenty of on-the-job training for Celtics' rookies

Plenty of on-the-job training for Celtics' rookies

BOSTON – With all the changes the Celtics went through over the summer, seeing more rookies on the floor this season was a given.
 
But six?
 
Yes, only three games into the season and the Celtics have played more rookies than any team under fifth-year coach Brad Stevens.

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And in the 102-92 victory at Philadelphia on Friday night, the Celtics (1-2) played almost as many first-year players (five) as veterans (six).
 
The youth movement here in Boston has been sped up a bit by the season-ending injury to Gordon Hayward, compounded by a left ankle sprain to Marcus Smart that Smart said won’t keep him out any more than Friday night in Philly.

Even if Smart is back in the Celtics lineup Tuesday night against New York, that doesn’t change the fact that Boston will continue to need rookies to step up and contribute going forward as they did on Friday.
 
And while there’s an old adage about experience being the greatest teacher, Boston’s youngsters are going to have to fast-forward past some of those on-the-floor growing pains for the Celtics to stay among the top teams in the East.
 
“Everybody talks about young players having to learn by going through experience,” said Stevens. “Why don’t we just watch film and learn? Learn from things we can control and in the interim, let’s beat the age thing. Let’s not talk about the age thing. Let’s talk about how we can be better at what we can control and how we can learn and grow every day and expedite the learning curve.
 
Stevens added, “because they are going to get opportunities all the way down the line, let’s not focus on trying to learn from experience; let’s focus on learning from every day and see if we can get a little bit better every day.”
 
The one rookie who has had no problem adjusting to the NBA game early on has been Jayson Tatum.
 
Selected with the third overall pick last June, Tatum has been among the NBA's most productive rookies in this first week of the season.
 
Tatum’s 35.3 minutes played per game is tops among all rookies. His 12.3 points and 9.0 rebounds rank seventh and fourth among his first-year brethren.
 
Stevens loves what he has seen thus far from Tatum, but believes he’s capable of making an even greater impact sooner rather than later.
 
“I like him to shoot it on the catch more,” Stevens said. “Because he has tremendous touch. When he shoots it in rhythm with confidence, the ball finds the net. He’s one of those guys; he’s a natural scorer. But his ability to read the game … he’s very intelligent. It’s been more evident on the defensive end. He’s gonna pick his spots offensively now. But we want him to be aggressive and first and foremost, be a threat to shoot it every time he catches it.
 
Stevens added, “I guess it should feel pretty good when you’re 19 years old and your coach is begging you to shoot it.”
 
How quickly Tatum and the rest of Boston’s youngsters grow into the roles they will be asked to play this season can do nothing but help the Celtics adapt to what has already been a season with major changes needing to be made.
 
“You saw [against Philadelphia], we had Shane [Larkin], we had Guerschon [Yabusele], we had guys coming in that played the game at a high level and we need them to contribute,” said Boston’s Kyrie Irving. “For me to see that and witness that, it makes me nothing but proud and happy to have teammates that are ready to play. It’s not always going to look perfect because we’re still gaining knowledge about one another. But as long as we’re out there competing, having each other’s backs, that’s all that matters.”