Paul Pierce can say there’s nothing wrong with his knee all he wants, but he’s lying. He knows it, we know it and the 76ers know it. Doc Rivers knows it, too. That’s why he admitted the Boston Celtics’ offense needs to change. (Boston Globe)
“Right now, he can’t get away from anybody, with his leg,” coach Doc Rivers said of Pierce. “Usually we don’t have to get a body off of him, he could shake the body on his own. Now, we are going to have to use him a lot like Ray [Allen], off screens, off posts.”
With all due respect to Sasha Pavlovic (LOLZ!), Pierce is far and away the Celtics’ best one-on-one player. He’s their best at getting to the free throw line. He’s their best at creating decent looks at the end of the shot clock. Without Pierce being able to operate in isolation, the Celtics have exactly zero perimeter players equipped to create their own shot on a consistent basis. Unless The Truth drills eight triples tonight, turning him into Ray Allen Jr. is not good for the Celtics, because they need his creating abilities.
Of course, Pierce could always erupt for 30 tonight, throw up a couple gang signs, Tebow at midcourt, take a bow, and then wait for Nate Robinson to come sprinting out of the stands with an overzealous celebration failure for the ages. Anyytthiinnggg issss possssibbbllleeee.