Ray Allen Clutch: The Story Behind One of the Greatest Shots Ever

When the name Ray Allen is said, most people think of all of his great three point shots. Of his many clutch shots, the most important one was the game winner against San Antonio in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals.


The Heat were down by 3 points with under 20 seconds remaining in a must-win game. LeBron James was given the ball and he attempted a decent look from deep. It clanged off the rim and landed in the hands of Chris Bosh who found an open Ray Allen backpedaling from under the basket to the three-point line. Allen received the ball, stepped behind the arc and sank one of the most memorable clutch shots in NBA history.

In the 1376 games Ray Allen played in his career, he had the same routine on game days. He would take “a nap from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., a meal of chicken and white rice at 2:30, an arrival time at the gym at precisely 3:45 to stretch. Allen will shave his head, then walk out to the court at exactly 4:30. He will methodically take shots from both baselines, both elbows, and the top of the key.”(Click here for the article I received this from)

Allen said that he did this before each game because he had OCD. Back when he played for the Boston Celtics, Paul Pierce sat on a different seat than usual on the team plane. Allen was so annoyed by this, he went up to Paul and told him to sit in his regular seat.

Now that you know some backstory, it will make sense to you why Ray Allen’s clutch shot in the 2013 Finals defined his NBA career.


Ray Allen had been preparing for that shot for the entirety of his career. Allen had one drill which nobody understood why he did. Not even his coach. In this drill,Allen was laying on his back under the basket. When a Heat assistant coach blew the whistle, Allen would get up off his back, backpedal to the corner as if being chased, and somehow precisely place his feet in the slot between the 3-point arc and the out-of-bounds line with only inches to spare. All in one motion. All without looking down.”(Click here for the article I received this from)

One day, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra gained the courage to ask Allen why he did that drill routinely. Allen responded by saying that if he fell on the ground under the basket and his team needed a three pointer, this drill would help him get in the habit.

Sound familiar? It should, because that is exactly what happened when Chris Bosh grabbed the offensive rebound and dished it to a backpedaling Ray Allen for the game-winner and another chance for Miami to win the NBA championship.

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