We’ve gotten to the point where the crazy vagrant on the corner that smells like pee and “talks” to God keeps asking me about our back-up point guard situation. And I keep telling him “Dad.. it doesn’t really look like its going to happen any time soon… if at all.”
Yes… its possible that Sam Cassell will get bought out…. or Gary Payton will be signed at the last minute. But what if neither of those things happen? What if we don’t sign a back up? What then?
What if… we turn to Paul Pierce? What if, when Rajon Rondo is out of the game, Paul Pierce becomes the primary ball handler instead of Ray Allen?
The thought really first popped into my head in the San Antonio game (even though he ended up with no assists). Paul can bring the ball up against most small forwards, and his passing has been spot-on all year long. Paul is used to creating his own shot off the dribble… while Ray (and Eddie House) is much more effective coming off screens.
I understand that in this scenario, Ray would still be relied on to bring the ball up some times. There will be instances of Rondo and Pierce on the bench together. But I think I’d rather see Paul bringing the ball up rather than House or Tony Allen right now. Tony Allen has stepped up his game recently… but his ball handling is still suspect. Tony’s only effective off the dribble if he’s driving to the hoop… not when he’s breaking down defenses.
I think Pierce is our second best player (behind Rondo) in beating guys off the dribble. He knows how to find guys and he knows how to finish. Maybe bringing back the old “point forward” position when Rondo is out is the answer if we’re not able to bring someone else in.
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And congrats to KG… whose wife is apparently expecting a baby