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Ray Allen searching for ways to fix free throw woes

05.29.12 at 3:14 am ET
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MIAMI — Ray Allen doesn’t miss free throws, and when he does he usually finds the flaw quickly and corrects it. But after missing four more against Miami in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, he’s now shooting 60 percent at the line this postseason.

“It’€™s hard to say,” Allen said. “I know I don’€™t have good timing right now. I know the shot feels fine. If it’€™s short I know I do have less lift on it. It’€™s just timing. It’€™s just rhythm. It’€™s just getting shots up. Trying to understand what I have, what my lift is. I just take it day by day and try to figure what I’€™m dealing with.”

Allen was the first player out of the locker room at halftime, and he went straight to the free throw line, where he got up more shots. That’s his answer to everything — more work — but the bone spurs on his ankle clearly have affected his shooting from all areas of the court. He made only one of his seven field goal attempts, and since going 7-for-14 in Game 2 against Philadelphia, he is 13-for-43 overall and just 6-for-25 from 3-point range.

“He got a bunch of wide-open shots tonight,” Doc Rivers said. “With him it’€™s just balance.”

Allen’s shot appeared to be off line most of the time. Usually he misses by a matter of degrees. Lately it’s been off by several inches.

“I believe you guys know what I’€™m dealing with,” Allen said. “There’€™s nothing really to talk about. It’€™s like a battle within myself that I have to try and win. It’€™s a daily situation that I have to deal with, and this is the time that I have to be out here and do what I can to try and help this team win. When the season’€™s over with I have to deal with whatever I have to deal with personally. You always talk, if it was the playoffs would you play? It’€™s the playoffs.”

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