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Monday, November 23, 2009
As Rasheed goes, the C's go

By Chris Forsberg

It would be an oversimplification of the Celtics' struggles to pinpoint one player for the team's woes. Clearly Boston's troubles run deeper than one individual's difficulties.

But it's hard to ignore the connection between Rasheed Wallace's struggles and that of the team as a whole, and vice versa.

In Boston's 10 wins this season, Wallace has shot 34 of 86 from the floor (39.5 percent), including 21 of 60 (35 percent) from 3-point land for a total of 98 points.
Rasheed Wallace
Associated PressRasheed Wallace is 1 of 21 from beyond the arc in the Celtics' four losses.



In Boston's four losses, Wallace shot 13 of 39 overall (33.3 percent), including an abysmal 1 of 21 (4.7 percent) from beyond the 3-point arc for a total of 26 points. Here's a game-by-game breakdown (with opponent, FGs, 3-pointer, and points):

vs. Orlando -- 4 for 16, 0 for 8, 9 points
vs. Indiana -- 2 for 4, 0 for 2, 4 points
vs. Atlanta -- 3 for 7, 1 for 5, 7 points
vs. Phoenix -- 4 for 12, 0 for 6, 8 points

The Celtics survived another Wallace clunker (0 for 6 overall, 0 for 3 from 3-point land, 0 points) in Sunday's overtime win over the Knicks, but once again mimicked his struggles.

Wallace hasn't made a 3-pointer since the final minutes of the third quarter in a 109-95 win over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. He's missed his last 13 3-pointers overall and, since Nov. 4, he's just 7 of 48 from beyond the arc.

On the flip side, the Celtics are 7-0 when Wallace makes two or more 3-pointers.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers has remained steadfast in wanting Wallace to shoot through his struggles, particularly if he has open looks. For his part, Wallace doesn't seem overly concerned.

"I'm not worried about my shot right now," Wallace said after Friday's loss to the Magic. "I do the same things every day, still, in practice. I get my shots up after practice. I'm shooting during practice. I'm not worried about it."

Whether he admits it or not, Wallace might simply need a couple of shots to fall to get over the mental hurdle that's seemingly developing.

"Everyone goes through their slumps, no matter what it is, every now and then," said Wallace. "The heart of that player will determine how he plays. I'm not the type of player to let the 3s get me down: 'Oh, I'm missing a couple of 3s. I don't want to do this no more.' No, I'm out there playing basketball, and I'm not going to let that get me down."