Paul Pierce doesn’t often play second fiddle to his teammates, but he said didn’t mind watching Al Jefferson and Gerald Green go to work in the fourth quarter Wednesday against the Knicks.
“It was fun to watch,” said Pierce. “I kind of fed off these guys. I enjoyed getting them the ball.”
Jefferson (26 points, nine rebounds, five assists) was the go-to guy for the Celtics down the stretch.
“He just takes pressure off of me,” said Pierce. “When I can sit there and take about four, five, six, seven, eight possessions off in a row knowing that you have a guy that can put the ball in the hole, and the way he was going, I just kept giving it to him and feeding off him. And when they kick it to me I’ll be ready.”
“I like playing with him. He’s a go-to guy for me down in the post. Nothing is easier for a swingman who puts the ball on the ground or shoots the three than a post guy who can draw attention when they swing the ball to the post. It just makes my life easier when you’ve got a defender running out at me. I make his life easier when he knows that my man isn’t going to help off me and double-team him. It males for a good combination.”
“The Knicks are trying to make the playoffs,” said Pierce. “We know it’s a distance for us, to get into the playoffs, but we want to spoil their fun.”