Allen: ‘Hopefully you make them’

Lakers coach Phil Jackson joked with the media a short time ago and said the Lakers would give Ray Allen two open looks at 3-pointers at the beginning of tonight’s game. A short time later, with a big crowd around his locker, Allen said he’d like that chance.

“But hopefully you make them,” Allen said. “It’s not something you take for granted like that ball has to go in. You get good looks, guys set screens. Obviously I know that the game, so much hype has been built around it. I don’t want anybody to get sidetracked. I don’t want Rondo to look for me more or less than what he would do normally. It’s a big game for us.”

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Said Celtics coach Doc Rivers, “It’ll be great when it’s over.”

Allen said he didn’t sleep much last night in anticipation of the game in which he would possibly break Reggie Miller’s all-time 3-point record.

“It’s just like a little kid,” said Allen. “The game itself is big enough. Being on the precipice of breaking this record takes it to another level.”

Allen said he saw Miller earlier in the day and that the two had a conversation.

“He just told me he was proud of me and that he was excited for me,” said Allen.

  • No changes to the injury report for the Celtics. Paul Pierce (illness) is feeling better and will play. Shaquille O’Neal, Semih Erden, Jermaine O’Neal, Delonte West, and Marquis Daniels are all out.