Re: Pierce is hurting the team and he is their best scorer
posted at 11/17/2012 10:22 AM EST
In response to concord27's comment:
Pierce is a player who is so good he can continue to hurt the team out of fear of the unknown. Paul gets his points and makes so many mistakes he ends up hurting the team in crucial spots. His ability to drive to the basket and finish is noticably worse, his free throw shooting is suddenly erratic, and his fall back shot around the free throw line has become unreliable.
Yes he is still their best offensive player but in last night's game why was Terry in there getting no shots at the end of the game. Terry not Nowitski in 2011 led the Mavs in games 5 and 6 to a title against the Heat. Paul last night just keep making mistakes and firing away. It is shocking that with KG and Terry on the court they got no looks. His turnovers are also alarming.
What to do with this great player. Rameakap mentioned making him a 6th man, I think Paul at the two for part of game and then the three in this capcity could be very effective. What Paul does better than most now is shoot threes of the dribble. He is still a formidable weapon and if Doc can get him to see the reality of how he can be effective it can work. If Pierce continues having a good game and then killing them in others as he racks up points and hogging the ball the team will lose its ability to utilize its depth. He is a problem if not dealt with that will continue to hurt the team.
This is so silly, but here goes anyway.
1. Yes he doesn't finish as well as he used to. But still our best, plus he gets to the foul line better than 90% of the players in the league.
2. Free throw shooting erratic? He is shooting over his career average. He is at 82% OMG he missed a couple the other night. The sky is falling.
3. "Last night he kept firing away" Of course he was only 8-12 from the field. If this is firing away I hope he keeps it up.
4. "His turnovers are also alarming" Hiis career TO average is 2.9, his average this year is 1.9. One less than his career average. Alarming? BTW all big time scorers generally have high turnover averages.
Lets add in that he is also above his career average for rebounds, which we need in the worst way. One other thing, He had the ball put in his hands to run the offense without Rondo last night and did OK. As I recall he wasn't the one missing the shots in the 4th quarter. Blame him all you want but at least back it up with facts instead of just throwing crap up against the wall and letting it stick. I bet Doc would disagree with everything you have said.
With that being said, no he isn't a superstar anymore, but a very good player. The only thing that his isn't doing well now is his shooting percentage. Of course his 3pt percentage is up from .370 to 430.
Pierce has always had posters that enlarge his every mistake so I guess it will just continue. If he is one of our main problems we are in deep $hit.
Typical overreaction to us not hitting anything in the 4th quarter, being killed on the offensive boards, and a couple calls not going our way. We competed with a very good team on their home court on the back end of back to back games and took them to the wire.
Oh well I guess your right, he is hurting the team.