Updated: June 12, 2010, 6:21 PM ET

1. Foes Combine To Miss Last 21 3-Point Shots

Compiled by Peter Newmann
ESPN Stats & Information

Ray Allen was 0-for-4 from 3-point range in Game 4 and has now missed 14 consecutive attempts from behind the arc. Allen's last made 3-pointer came with 4:39 left in the third quarter in Game 2, a span of 112:39 of game action.

Derek Fisher is 0-for-7 on 3-pointers in this series. Fisher has made 41 career 3-pointers in the NBA Finals, which ranks fourth all-time, just one behind Michael Jordan.

Also of note:

•  In the 2-3-2 format, when teams with home-court advantage at the start of the series have a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals, they go on to win the series 100 percent of the time (9-0). So, if the Lakers win Game 5, chances are pretty good that they will win the series.

•  In NBA history, when the NBA Finals is tied at 2, the Game 5 winner goes on to win the series 76 percent of the time.

•  In the 2-3-2 format, the winner of Game 5 wins the NBA Finals 75 percent of the time (6-2). The only two teams to win Game 5, take a 3-2 lead and then lose the series were the 1988 Pistons (against the Lakers) and 1994 Knicks (against the Rockets).

•  Kobe Bryant and Fisher are playing in their seventh NBA Finals. Among players whose careers began in 1970-71 or later, only two players have played in more Finals: Magic Johnson (9) and Michael Cooper (8).

•  Bryant and Pau Gasol have combined for 195 points in the series. Boston's Big Three of Paul Pierce, Allen and Kevin Garnett have combined for 186 points in this series.

•  If they win the NBA Finals, the Lakers will have to do it in Los Angeles. Each of the last five series-clinching victories for the Lakers has come on the road. The last time the Lakers had a series-clinching victory at home was in the 2009 West semifinals against the Rockets.

•  One easy gauge of the Lakers is Gasol. In the 2010 postseason, the Lakers are 10-1 when Gasol has 10 or more rebounds in a game, including 2-0 in the Finals. When Gasol has nine or less rebounds in a game, the Lakers are 4-5, including 0-2 in the Finals.

•  The Celtics entered Game 4 shooting 27-of-71 (38 percent) on shots near the basket. In Game 4, the Celtics didn't overwhelm, but they did a much better job of finishing, going 10-of-21 (47.6 percent) on shots near the basket.

Peter Newmann is a regular contributor to the Daily Dime.

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2. Is This Ray Allen's Last Game In Boston?

By Chris Forsberg

BOSTON -- Celtics guard Ray Allen has watched plenty of game film the past few days trying to identify exactly why he's struggling from the perimeter just days after setting an NBA Finals record for 3-pointers in a game with eight.

But in boiling down his recent shooting woes, Allen insists he wouldn't let the moment overtake him.

"I've been in this situation before, plenty of times," said Allen. "It's the Finals, the biggest stage I'll play on in my life, but the game is still the same. I try to look at it that way, minimize it."

Good thing Allen has blinders on, because there's a whole new batch of hoopla rushing his way in time for Sunday's Game 5, which could be his final home game in a Boston uniform.

With Allen set to be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and no public indication from the Celtics' front office about a desire to bring him back, Sunday's tilt could well be the end of the latest Big Three era in Boston.

Allen hasn't commented on his future since late January, when, at the center of numerous trade rumors, he expressed a desire to stay in Boston not only the remainder of the 2009-10 season but beyond.

"I'd like to be here," Allen said at the time. "There's no reason to be any other place. I'd love to retire with this organization. [But] that's up to the team. I want to be here. This team has proven over the decades to be a winner, one of the best in sports, and that's what this organization plans to do. I'm committed to it."

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3. Jackson: No Baiting The Tech-Oriented

By Chris Forsberg

Lakers coach Phil Jackson said Friday his team would do nothing out of the ordinary to goad Kendrick Perkins and Rasheed Wallace into their seventh technical fouls of the postseason, which would earn each player a one-game suspension for their next infraction.

"That's not fair play. That's not the way to play games," said Jackson. "You can be provocative and get out there and act kind of like they do, if you want to, and get in people's faces and do that. But that's not the way I like to coach a team. That's not what I consider positive coaching, and that's what I like to think is the right way to do things."

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4. Tale Of The Tweet

Chi, NJ, NYK still in hunt, but I can't believe Dan Gilbert is dumb enough to offer job to Izzo w/out some idea LJ will stayless than a minute ago via mobile web


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