What’s Wrong with Paul Pierce?

Can you believe we lost to this team last month?

Paul Pierce’s scoring over the past three games: 9 (3-16FG) vs SA, 6 (2-6FG) vs Memphis and 9 (3-7FG) vs LA. Is he tired, secretly-injured or just in a slump?

“I don’t think he had a lot of energy,” Rivers said. “I told our coaches at halftime I was going to try to get him out earlier in the third quarter and pray – I actually said that – that we wouldn’t have to put him back in.”

“He’s human. Like all the great ones, they go through a couple games where timing – sometimes the ball just doesn’t go in.”

Pierce played just 31 minutes last night. Wth KG back in the fold and Ray Allen looking like a 26-year-old, I’m guessing (hoping) that Doc will try harder to get Pierce rest over the final 2-3 weeks of the regular season. The Truth may be tired and slumping, but John loves him more than ever.

Pierce proved that he could still score 30-plus if he wants to.  Pierce proved that he could still, when everyone is hurt, put his cape back on and carry the Celtics.  But unlike a lot of the game’s “superstars,” Pierce isn’t so selfish that he can’t give things up with other stars around.  Let’s just say if he had Shaq, he wouldn’t have blown it.

Gotta love the shot at Kobe.

The Magic rallied to beat the Knicks last night and remain one game back of the Celtics in the race for #2. With the season series 1-1, the winner of Wednesday night’s battle will hold the tie breaker. Update – Celtics lead season series 2-1. The game between them was March 8th when the Celtics (without Rondo, KG) played horribly, fell behind by 22, rallied to cut the lead to 3 late in the 4th but still lost.

Today’s Links: Globe – Doc Says Real Advantage is Health | Efficient Win for C’sKG Makes Most of It | Herald – Celtics Home In with Garnett | KG Gets Impatient | Randolph Gives Marbury Thumbs Up | WEEI – Camerato Examines Potential Playoff Opponents |

More pics from last night’s game after the jump….

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12 Responses

  1. Just a note… aren’t we 2-1 against Orlando?

  2. There is nothing wrong with Pierce!

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  4. Orlando doesn’t scare me at all.

  5. Yes….we are 2-1 against the Magic. I will fire that intern.

  6. Quick footnotes from last night’s game – It almost made me fall asleep zzzzzzz… Tommy said “Is anybody awake or are you awake?” We got the Win that matters most.

    Mikki Moore? Dude confuses the hell out of me. Can he actually guard ANYONE without fouling? And stop making that face like is not him that fouled the guy. Moore drew a charge last night and turned to the ref and you can read his lips “Finally” he said this in a mocking way. Does he think this is going to help his reputation on defense. Anyway, just wanted to throw it out there.

    Nice to see Marbury draining that 3… he is due for a breakout game sooner or later.

    John I agree, Orlando is no beast – Perk will keep Howard in check and all we need to do is guard the 3 pt line and they are toast.

  7. No one is saying that Paul was not great in the past, or that he will not be great in the future. Nobody’s underappreciating him. As Doc himself noted, he seems TIRED out there. Dragging. It’s not that Paul hasn’t contributed as much as expected in the last 3 games, he’s actually been pulling the team down with 28% shooting and as many TOs as field goals. These remaining few games are not so important as having Paul Pierce be fresh and ready for the playoffs, are they? More important, and ominous: tired players get injured more easily.

  8. Is that Perk “The Beast” smiling on the bench with Captain PP? I don’t think I’ve seen him smile in a while.

  9. This team would beat the Magic even if ALL the games were in Orlando. Assuming we’re reasonably intact.

  10. Nothing is wrong with Pierce…if anything hes getting a little bored, isnt being aggressive, really looking to score as a second option and just getting sloppy….mini-slump…something that just flat out happens

  11. More rest could be the exact opposite of what pierce needs, that could get him even further out of rhythym and throw his timing off along with the teams chemistry…cut back his minutes…but not completely…

    Pierce just had 3 bad games in a row, hell we started 27-2 with Pierce shooting 39%…he’ll be fine…hes really the last person to worry about…we know what hes made of

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