Neither Shaquille O'Neal nor Semih Erden are expected to be back in the Celtics lineup until after the All-Star break, Doc Rivers said Saturday. O'Neal has missed the last five games with what the team is calling an inflamed Achilles, while Erden has played only two games totalling 11 minutes in the last six games with an assortment of injuries.

 

Practice has been over for an hour, but there was Rajon Rondo working on his jump shot. From angles and distances all over the court, Rondo took shot after shot, being fed a steady supply of passes from assistant coach Armond Hill.



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Here's the latest on the Celtics injuries heading into their showdown game with Miami Sunday at the Garden. Delonte West practiced Saturday, but won't play according to coach Doc Rivers. Nate Robinson didn't practice, but the hope is that he can play. Shaquille O'Neal and Semih Erden won't play until after the All-Star break, at least, and Jermaine O'Neal and Marquis Daniels are obviously out of the lineup for the next month or two.

 

ESPN NBA writer Chris Broussard joined The Big Show Friday to talk about the Carmelo Anthony trade rumors and what really happened in Utah with coach Jerry Sloan, who resigned Thursday. Broussard was also asked about Kevin Garnett's recent incidents and the reaction of Celtics president Danny Ainge who said on WEEI that every team criticizing Garnett wishes he played on their team.

 

Basketball Hall of Fame writer Jackie MacMullan joined the Dale & Holley show Friday to talk about the Celtics and NBA news. While Kobe Bryant scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half to spark a Lakers comeback Thursday night, MacMullan attributed most of the blame for the Celtics' loss on their sudden lack of depth at center.

 

Celtics guard Ray Allen joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about breaking the NBA career 3-point record in Thursday's loss to the Lakers.

 

Give the Celtics credit for this much. They had a ready-made excuse for their second-half crash and burn against the Lakers.



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From the moment it left his hand, Ray Allen knew he had launched the shot that would put him in the record book. The 3-pointer that went through the basket in front of the Celtics bench gave him 2,561 3-pointers in his career, one more than Reggie Miller. 

 

"When I got the ball and let it go, I felt so good behind it that once ball went in air I knew it was good," Allen said of his historic trey with 1:48 left in the first quarter. 

 

Kobe Bryant scored 12 of his 23 points in the third quarter while Pau Gasol added 20 as the Lakers wiped out a 15-point first-half deficit and beat the Celtics, 92-86, on a night when Ray Allen became the all-time 3-point field goal leader in NBA history. 

 

Ray Allen hit a 3-pointer from right wing with 1:48 left in the first quarter to pass Reggie Miller for the most 3-pointers in NBA history with 2,561. After the record-breaking basket, Allen went over and gave a hug to Miller, on hand courtside to broadcast the game nationally on TNT.

 

Allen tied the record with a trey from the left top of the circle with 4:15 left in the first quarter. The crowd rose in anticipation on each 3-point attempt by Allen on the night. Allen's first attempt came from the left baseline with 7:24 left in the first quarter.