Mavs, Celts are elitists with the 3-ball

BOSTON -- No other two teams in the league can get together and put more players on the floor with more combined career 3-pointers made than the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics.

How does 5,881 sound?

When the teams play tonight in Boston, three of the league's top eight all-time 3-point shooters will be on the floor. Boston's Ray Allen (2,552) needs eight 3-balls to tie Reggie Miller for No. 1. Jason Kidd (1,740) took over the No. 3 spot earlier this season and Jason Terry (1,589), who is 10 points shy of reaching 15,000 career points, is No. 8.

It gets better. If Peja Stojakovic (1,718) was ready to play, No. 5 all-time would also be on the floor. Stojakovic needs two more 3-pointers to pass Dale Ellis and take over No. 4.

"It’s become the most potent weapon in basketball because of the conversion factor: If you make 40 percent from 3, it's like shooting 60 percent from 2," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "It’s an important part of our offensive attack, but every night we’re talking about taking the 3 out of the game defensively."

They'll certainly try to keep Allen from matching Miller, who Carlisle coached as both an assistant and head coach at Indiana.

When Stojakovic returns, which is expected to be Monday night at home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Mavs will employ three of the NBA's top eight all-time 3-point shooters. No other team can make that claim by a long shot. Boston is closest with Paul Pierce (1,538) checking in at No. 12.

"I can't wait to see what it's like with all those shooters out there," Terry said.