It’s not often that Ray Allen’s silky smooth delivery produces an airball, but the sharpshooter threw up a dud with 34 seconds left in the second overtime and the Celtics down one.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen him shoot one,” said Celtics guard Eddie House. “Not that I can recall…I told him, ‘Don’t worry, man, you’re going to knock it down when we really need it.'”
Allen did just that, knocking down the game-winning three with two seconds left to give the Celtics a 111-109 win over the Charlotte Bobcats at TD Banknorth Garden. Allen was just 8-of-20 on the night but finished with 22 points in the win.
“I didn’t really expect for [Gerald] Wallace to leave me…Paul [Pierce] just had the wherewithal just to throw it back to me. And that’s why I always try to put myself in a position where he has a choice to pass me the ball. Whether he does our not, he has a choice.”
Allen said House talked to him early in the game, told him he was one of the best shooters in the NBA, and told him to use his legs more on his shot.
“For a second everything was flat,” said Allen. “I just needed to kind of back away from it and get my legs back. I went out of the game and clean-slated it.”
“That’s just a Hall of Fame player right there,” said House.