When Ray Allen told the media he thinks defenses are keying on him more, I decided to take a closer look at his shots to see just how the Bulls did it. But what I found was, at least last night, Ray Allen got enough space to make shots... he just didn't.
Here's his first shot of the game.
He's already in his shooting motion with the defender a good 2 feet away from him. He didn't run off any more screens than usual. In fact, he got to that spot kind of easily and Rajon Rondo hit him with a nice, easy pass in stride to take the shot. He just missed it.
This is Ray's second sho of the game. Same deal. Not a lot of action to get open. He got the ball in stride. The shot is leaving his finger tips and there's still no defender in sight. He just missed.
And it went on like this. Of his first 8 shots, only 1 could be considered a "rushed" shot. The rest were all relatively clean looks... especially for Ray Allen. And now look at his first made 3: