Coming off 15 days off you cant help but expect Pierce to not play the way he has so far this season. Right off the bat he got to the line by driving to the basket. That was key so he could see a few shots go through the rim without a hand in his face. Although it looked like his intentions were the best, his timing and feeling for the game were just a bit off last night.
The Truth hit shots sparingly throughout the night, but never got into a real groove. He hit 1 three mid way through the second quarter but could not seem to find the range for the remainder of the game. His overall shooting was 4 of 12 from the field, not as productive as he usually is. When he got himself to the line, he did his normal going 8-9 from the charity stripe. Other than that, his offensive night was described all in one play as he took the ball one on one with Quentin Richardson, fumbled around, and threw up a long underhand shot that never made it close to the basket.
Enough saying what he didn’t do well, and onto what he did good enough to get the job done. After all, we expected him to come out a little flat and for this to be a game where he can get his feet back under him. He finished with 17 points 6 rebounds and 5 assists. He was involved in the biggest play of the game, obviously the alley oop to Rondo. We underestimate the difficulty of that pass as Pierce has to place it in the perfect position where Rondo does not fumble it at all and just taps it in. His pass is given a score of 10 out of 10. It was directly in front of the rim, easy to catch and put in. Even though he was not spectacular, it is good to see the Celtics win that tough game on the road, in a game where he is simply using it to get back into the groove of things. He finished with 43 minutes by the way which is far more than Doc had planned before the game.
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