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Or should it be…Ray Allen rains? One of the most prolific perimeter shooters in NBA history, Ray Allen scored an All-Star game-high 28 points (10-14 from the floor). He also sunk five threes, with three of them coming in the final 3:15. And he was the last player added on either side?
The game’s MVP was LeBron James, who along with Allen helped hold off the West in the final quarter. LeBron finished with 27 points and an unbelievable dunk in the closing minutes over Chris Paul, Amare Stoudemire, and Dirk Nowitzki. Yes, two near-7-footers.
West guard Chris Paul couldn’t believe it:
“We had two people on him, but that still wasn’t enough.”
Paul Pierce played 13 minutes and scored 10 points, but went 0-3 from three. I’m sure he was just happy to see his teammate Ray Allen dominate on a national stage. After Ray’s dagger threes in the fourth quarter, you could see Paul Pierce jump on the sideline in support of his teammate (along with the rest of the East squad). Still, it seemed Pierce’s enthusiasm was most emphatic.
The other Celtics representative in the game, the entire coaching staff led by Doc Rivers, obviously did a great job solely because their job was to win the game and minimize the chance for injury. Win? Check. Injuries? Other than aches and pains, nothing. Check. Good work Doc.
The Celtics get back to work Tuesday on the road aganst the Denver Nuggets. Kevin Garnett is widely rumored to be returning on Tuesday, but he still has to get through Monday’s practice. We’ll have more on this as it develops.