Ray Allen hasn’t exactly had the best season. The veteran sharp-shooter is currently averaging career lows in points per game (9.2) and three point shooting percentage (37 percent), which has really put a damper on his impact with the Miami Heat this season. Suddenly, like out of a dream, Allen has remerged as an offensive weapon, one that you shouldn’t leave open.
Allen helped spark a huge rally for the Heat in the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets, one in which the Heat were down by 5 with 6 minutes to go. Allen finished the game with a season-high 25 points, going 4-6 from beyond the arc, but more importantly, 14 of those points were in the fourth quarter. His clutch 3-point shooting is what helped the Heat go on a 13-0 run, essentially locking the game down for the defending champs. When Allen began making his shots, it was a rallying cry for the rest of the team, one strong enough to get Dwyane Wade on a scoring binge of his own. Wade finished the night with 24 points and 7 assists.
What is even more impressive about Allen’s scoring output is that it comes right after a game against the Denver Nuggets in which he scored 22 points, and had 4 rebounds and 2 assists. This type of play is a great sign from a player off of their struggling bench unit, a lineup that has had little impact in the recent string of losses the Heat have endured. The high shooting percentage from beyond the arc has to be the biggest takeaway from Allen’s recent play, as his season average is the worst it has ever been.
Allen’s confidence and ability to make shots from beyond the arc is a must-have for the Heat if they are to win a third title. Without Allen making his shot in Game 6, the Heat would be looking at just one championship and not two, and without Allen today, the Heat could have been looking at a third-straight home loss. Today’s game ball should without a doubt go to Allen. Heat fans everywhere are praying for Allen’s confidence from beyond the arc to continue, because they know another long-term turnaround could lead to an early playoff exit.