This year, he’s looking like a genius.
It all has to do with the second quarter… and Paul Pierce.
Paul Pierce has pretty much spent his whole career carrying a team full of marginally talented guys. It’s no secret… Paul is a pure, unadulterated scorer… and it doesn’t matter who the rest of the guys on the team are… Paul will get his and carry the team.
So when it comes time to make substitutions in the second quarter, Pierce is the obvious choice to stay on the floor while KG and Ray grab a breather. Paul can go back to being the primary threat for most of the quarter… and then he can have a seat before halftime.
The results? The Celtics have outscored their opposition 203-128 in the second quarters of games so far this year… which is an average of 29-18. If you throw out the Toronto game… in which Toronto outscored Boston 17-15 in the second quarter… the average jumps to 31-18 Celtics.
It’s a little decision early in games… but it has a huge impact. The psychological effect of going into halftime on a run is huge for the C’s… and tough for opponents. For all the grief Doc Rivers has taken in his time here, this is something that should earn him some praise.
Matty G was at last night’s game. He got postgame sound for us. Here’s about 7 minutes of Doc Rivers… and 11 minutes of KG and Pierce. Also check out his write up after last night’s game on GotGarnett.com
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