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Miami Heat preseason: Ray Allen expecting wide open 3-pointers

Ray Allen is likely to get plenty of 3-pointer opportunities with LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh drawing double-teams on the inside.

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The Miami Heat head into the 2012-2013 season having added Ray Allen to their power trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. That's going to provide a lot of opportunities for wide-open 3-pointers, notes Matt Moore at CBS Sports.

Allen has a career 41.9 percent 3-point shooting average. He's already a significant threat from the outside, and with James, Wade and Bosh drawing double-teams on the inside he only gets more dangerous. As Moore points out, Allen shoots 15 percent better when he's unguarded, compared to less than five percent for Shane Battier, Rashard Lewis and Mike Miller. The Heat know how big of an opportunity they'll have this season, and it seems to Allen that the biggest problem might be all that time waiting around, unguarded:

"I think if you're waiting on the 3-point line, that's probably the toughest shot. You're waiting, you're waiting, you're waiting, and then you have to kind of reposition your feet. That to me is probably the toughest shot, because there's not really a rhythm shot.

"When you catch in a rhythm, you're learning forward. So if you don't get it, you got to make sure you kind of get your momentum going back into that shot."


Allen has only made nine 3-point attempts in his two preseason games with the Heat, but he's made four of them. Additionally, he's 10-for-19 on field goals.

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