Another 3-Point Milestone Nears for Ray Allen
By Brian Martin
As the Eastern Conference first round matchup between the Heat and Bucks shifts to Milwaukee for Games 3 and 4 of the series, Miami's Ray Allen returns to the city where he started his illustrious career, with a chance to set another NBA record for his long-distance shooting prowess.
Allen needs to make four 3-pointers to pass Hall of Famer Reggie Miller (320) for the most 3-point field goals in NBA postseason history. Back in February of 2011 as a Boston Celtic, Allen eclipsed Miller's record of 2,560 regular season 3-pointers, and now two years later he is set to pass Miller once again.
Miller was in attendance when Allen hit his 2,561st 3-pointer, announcing the game between the Celtics and Lakers for TNT. However, he will not be in Milwaukee on Thursday or Sunday to possibly see his playoff record taken down, as he is covering the Lakers-Spurs series for TNT.
But that doesn't mean there isn't an Allen-Miller connection at play here. Back on May 9, 1999, Allen hit his first playoff 3-pointer as a member of the Bucks against Miller's Pacers in Indianapolis. The sharpshooters each hit two 3-pointers on that night, but it was Miller's Pacers that secured the 110-88 victory.
Now 14 years later, Allen is back where he spent his first six-and-a-half years in the NBA with a chance to further cement his claim on the title of greatest 3-pointer shooter of all time. For his postseason career, Allen has connected on 40.1 percent of his 3-point attempts, besting Miller by 1.1 percent in terms of accuracy.
He has played 14 fewer playoff games than Miller heading into Thursday's contest and will likely need two games to set the new record -- Allen has hit two 3-pointers in each of the first two games of this series. A side-by-side comparison of Allen and Miller in the postseason shows many similarities, with the biggest discrepancy coming in Miller's advantage in free throw attempts, which also helped increase his point total.
Ray Allen vs. Reggie Miller -- Postseason Careers
While Allen will now hold the all-time record for 3-point shooting in both the regular season and postseason, earlier this year he did lose one of his long-distance shooting titles -- most 3-pointers made in a single season. On the final night of the regular season, Golden State's Stephen Curry hit his 272nd 3-pointer of the year, breaking Allen's mark of 269 set back in 2005-06 as member of the Seattle SuperSonics.
While Allen had his greatest regular season shooting performance in the Pacific Northwest, he racked up most of his playoff numbers in the Northeast as a member of the Celtics, who made the playoffs in each of Allen's five seasons in Boston, including a championship run in 2008.
Ray Allen -- Postseason Career
Unlike Miller, who played his entire 18-year career with the Indiana Pacers, Allen is now on his fourth team in his 17th NBA season. However, over the next four days he has a chance to reach a special milestone back where it all started.