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February 10, 2011

She's got Ray's back: The mom of Celts' star Ray Allen steps up for her son and grandson

BOSTON — During the 2008 NBA playoffs, Ray Allen boldly claimed, "Chicks dig threes."

Of course, he meant the NBA's version of the long ball, the 3-pointer, which he knows a thing or two about.

By about 9 p.m. tonight, he is expected to be the most prolific 3-point shooter of all-time when he breaks Reggie Miller's record of 2,560. He needs one trey tonight to tie the mark and two to break it.

His biggest fan, of course, will be at the TD Garden tonight when the Celtics face off with their archrival, the Los Angeles Lakers His mom, Flo Allen-Hopson.

You couldn't miss Flo if you tried. The attractive grandmother of 13 sits ... or really stands and yells incessantly near one of the hoops. Tonight she'll be wearing a white No. 20 Celtics jersey — her son's number, of course — with glitter all over it.

"You're darn right chicks dig threes," said Flo. "How can you not? It's such a great shot. I love them. I can't get enough threes ... especially when my Ray is taking them."

While it seems like she has been to every Celtics game, Flo hasn't. A few years ago she and her second husband moved to Orlando, Fla., which she now calls home.

She usually comes up for the opener and several games in between, including special moments like tonight. And, of course, she doesn't miss a playoff game in Boston.

But maybe more remarkable than Allen's astonishing amount of 3-pointers is the fact that Flo claims she has witnessed every one of them.

"In the 15 years Ray's been in the league I've never missed a game," said Flo. "DirecTV has made it a lot easier in recent years. When he was younger and playing in the NBA I thought it was important to talk to him about the game. He would know that I saw it.

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