posted at 12/1/2012 11:49 AM EST
In response to Petey62's comment:
TripleOG, I agree with you.
First off, where is it that PP is suffering from an ankle injury? There is nothing I've seen to suggest that he isn't healthy. Other than the incident in preseason when Pierce tweaked his ankle BUT RETURNED TO THE GAME, I honestly don't know why talk about his ankle is even relevant. He's slowed considerably because he's old! Wasn't quick or fast in the first place either.
However, Pierce is not getting exposed defensively. Yes, he has slowed down a bit evidenced by the grabbing and holding fouls (lack of foot movement), but two crazy ankle-breaking crossovers (Jameer Nelson-a quick PG and Joe Johnson) over the past week doesn't equate to Pierce being exposed defensively.
Gerald Wallace was 2-10 in the Nets game and that was Pierce's man. Johnson was 4-7 in the second half but that is not evidence that he torched Pierce. And simply put, Pierce's technique defensively sucked when he fell trying to guard him. He was totally off balance just as Johnson made his move right. It was no doubt funny though.
During that game, the only thing Pierce did not do well is shoot the basketball (perimeter, attacking the rim or FT). He had 9 rebounds and 7 assists and got embarrassed on one Johnson crossover. That is far from proof of his ultimate demise. He's got to find a way to be more productive offensively because it's obvious he can no longer consistently do it attacking the rim or getting his shot off at the elbow. I believe he will find that way!
Excellent post Petey. Glad I am not the only one that sees it this way. Last nite Batum, the highly thought after free agent went like 1-11 against Pierce. Pierce had his to's which I wish he would cut down on but other than that it was another solid game just like most of the others he has played. If I remember correctly the same old jabber was going on last year when he started off hurt, not in good shape. I also remember him outplaying Johnson in the playoffs last year, then outplaying Iggy. Lebron, no, but who outplays him. For those that need facts please look up the stats from last years playoff run.
Seems I also remember later someone getting player of the month award last year. I don't think it was Rondo, KG, or Ray. Sure sounds like someone that can't play any more doesn't it?
Trust me, he will get better as the year goes along.