Nine days ago, Ray Allen caught fire from three-point range like no player ever had in NBA Finals history.
In Game 2 of the 2010 Finals at STAPLES Center, Allen buried his first seven triples, all in the first half, to tie an all-time record before breaking it in the third quarter.
His scoring, in addition to Rajon Rondo’s triple-double, carried Boston’s offense to a 103-94 victory that tied the series at one.
Then, improbably, came one of the worst shooting performances in Finals history, when Allen (literally) missed all 14 of his field goal attempts in Game 3, including eight three-pointers, in L.A.’s 91-84 win.
That was enough of a surprise after he’d buried 8-of-11 threes the game before, but nearly just as surprising is that Allen also missed all four of his threes in respective Game 4 and Game 5 Boston wins.
Overall, he’s missed 16 straight long-distance attempts.
Deserving some credit for Allen’s struggles is Derek Fisher, who has refused to cede an inch of space throughout the last three games in a fun-to-watch battle.
Yet Fisher and the Lakers are expecting that Allen, a career 40 percent shooter from three who is certainly among the sport’s best ever bombers, will find his range.
They just plan to prevent the wide-open looks he had in Game 2, particularly in transition, which hurt L.A. so considerably.