By: Rich Levine
LOS ANGELES Its the moment weve all been waiting for (at least for the last few weeks). In a matter of hours, Ray Allen, the most prolific three-point shooter in NBA history, and Paul Pierce, the defending champion and self-proclaimed best shooter in NBA history, will face off in the leagues Three-Point Shoot Out.
There are other guys out there, too. Most notably Kevin Durant, as well as the Heats James Jones, the Cavs Daniel Gibson and the Warriors Dorrell Wright, but lets be honest, you dont really care.
If both Pierce or Allen fail to come through, there will be no consolation. The night will have been a waste. Or at least until Blake Griffin jumps over a car and makes the world a better place. But for now, its all about the Cs. Ray and Paul, with three point history on the line.
Heres a quick tale of the tape to get you prepped, well be back with a full report after:
Paul Pierce Ray Allen
Career 3s 1542 2565
All-time rank 12 1
Career .370 .398
All-time rank 123 39
Season 3s 75 121
Season rank 50 3
Season .385 .457
Season rank 50 3
Past Contest 2010: 1st Six times, one win: 2001
WALTHAM -- It appears Marcus Morris’ debut for the Celtics will be when they host the San Antonio Spurs on Oct. 30.
The 6-foot-9 forward confirmed to reporters on Monday that, for now, that’s the target date.
Morris spent time after practice playing some one-one-one against rookie Jayson Tatum.
“I’m trying to push on it a little more,” he said. “Felt pretty good beating the rook’s ass one-on-one.”
The addition of Morris to the lineup can’t come soon enough for the Celtics (1-2). They have already lost Gordon Hayward (ankle) for the season, and Marcus Smart (ankle) missed Friday’s win over Philadelphia. Smart said he would probably be in uniform for Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks.
Those injuries have forced the Celtics to dig deeper into their roster, resulting in several first-year players seeing action.
Having a veteran like Morris on the floor would bode well for the Celts in their quest to remain among the better teams in the East this season.
Morris, who went through the non-contact portion of practice on Monday, joined the Celtics on Oct. 5, shortly after he and his brother Markieff (who plays for Washington) were acquitted of assault charges involving an incident in Phoenix in January of 2015. He appeared in one preseason game, scoring seven points on 3-for-6 shooting from the field.
Coach Brad Stevens said Morris was having some knee discomfort when he showed up for training camp. That, combined with showing up late to training camp because of his court case in Phoenix, resulted in him not having the level of conditioning he’s used to at the start of training camp.
“It’s not that I’m in bad shape,” he told NBC Sports Boston earlier. “It’s just that I’m not where I expect myself to be conditioning-wise, right now.”
Morris echoed similar sentiments on Monday.
“I’m in great condition,” he said. “I just want to be a little better. My conditioning has never been the problem. It’s the soreness in my [left] knee. It’s gotten a lot better over the past 10 days, so I feel I can play now. But be cautious because it’s a long season.”
Morris was acquired in the summer by Boston from Detroit, in exchange for Avery Bradley. The move was done to not only ensure there was enough salary cap space to sign then-free agent Gordon Hayward, but also for the Celtics to add a versatile player who can play both forward positions.