I am just trying out something new, and there is no guarantee I will continue to do it for every game. If I do, I will always continue to try and improve on what I have currently made, as it is basically just a rough draft of what I expected it to be.
Tonight I decided to keep a special eye on Paul Pierce as he has not been the same player from the field that we got used to in the beginning of the season. I don’t know if it was because his knee was bothering him, or simply because he had not gotten back into the swing of things since having a couple of weeks off. What really swayed me to break down Paul Pierce and no other player came from down the stretch of last game against the Atlanta Hawks. The Truth was missing his trademark fade away jumper from the top of the key. Last game he finished with 19 points, but still didn’t seem to completely have it. So here is a chart of how he looked tonight:
6-9 FG / 3-5 3′s / 9-9 FT / 24 Points
Again, it isn’t the prettiest thing I’ve ever made, but it will work for now. Obviously the x’s are misses and circles are makes. I guess I should remember a key next time too, huh? So anyways, Pierce only took 9 shots because he only had to play for 28 minutes. He mixed it up fairly well with going to the hoop, and setting up for 3. He was feeling it from deep, and his only 2 misses were shots that were right on. As you can see on the shot chart he was in a groove and shot a real deep three that rattled home.
His 3 attempts in and around the basket included a great dunk, an and-1, and an easy layup that was a result from him slashing through the lane. The one miss from the spot I was really looking for him to shoot from, went in and out. Overall, I have no complaints over the offensive game of Paul Pierce tonight. Although the New Jersey defense wasn’t anything to brag about, it was good to see him hitting the shots we saw him hit, for what seemed to be everytime down the floor in the first few games of this season.