Monday, January 31, 2011
Pierce vs. Ray in 3-point shootout?
By Greg Payne
Celtics captain Paul Pierce (42.3 percent) and Ray Allen (45.4 percent) are both shooting career-highs from 3-point nation this season, and Pierce, the NBA's reigning 3-point champion, thinks he and Allen should square off in the event to be held on Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, site of the NBA's 60th annual All-Star game.
Pierce took to Twitter with his idea Monday, relaying to his followers:
Allen and Pierce currently rank fifth and 15th in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage, respectively.
Last season, Pierce averaged a then-career-high 41.4 percent from long distance, and took home the league's 3-point crown during last year's All-Star weekend in Dallas, scoring 20 points in the final round of the event (besting Golden State's Stephen Curry by three buckets in the finals). Pierce's win helped to atone for his poor showing at the event back in 2002, when he tied for last place after hitting a mere eight shots in the opening round.
The NBA has yet to announce the participants for the 2011 contest, but, as the reigning champion, Pierce shouldn't have any trouble earning an invite to defend his crown, and Allen's marksmanship this season will surely earn him consideration from the league.
Allen's no stranger to the event, as he's competed in the 3-point shootout five times in his career. He won the event back in 2001 as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks and most recently competed in 2006 when he was playing for the Seattle SuperSonics.