Found December 18, 2012 on Celtics Town:
We covered much of Paul Pierce’s work so far over the weekend, but against San Antonio, he showed us a way that he could probably be utilized more as the season progresses.When the Celtics use Pierce in Off Screen plays, he has been pretty average. His efficiency isn’t elite — 0.86 PPP, good for 23rd in the NBA — but it’s sufficient. What’s surprising is that Off Screen plays make up 20.6% of Pierce’s offensive usage, despite being considerably less efficient than several other options. Pierce is averaging 1.08 PPP in Spot-Up opportunities (14.9% of all plays), 0.88 in Isolation (14.5%), and 1.17 PPP in Transition (17.1%). It should be noted, of course, that including Transition plays is kind of cheating, because those plays so often end in mismatches or open shots.Pierce has a better eFG% from 3-point range than he does from 16-23 feet and from 10-15 feet, but that doesn’t mean every shot he takes should be a 3-pointer. Indeed, he seems to really struggle shooting 3-pointers off sc...

Pierce’s 40 Leads Celtics Past Cavs – Three at the Buzzer

Remember the good ol’ days of Paul Pierce dropping 40 on the Cavs in the Garden? Well it happened again Wednesday night as Pierce scored 40 points on just 13-for-16 shooting as the Celtics beat the Cavs 103-91. Jared Weiss broke down the three key points from the game, which were Pierce, Pierce and Pierce.

An encouraging explanation for Pierce's poor shooting

Paul Pierce is currently shooting 41.4% from the floor this year.  It's easily his worst FG% since he shot 40.2% in 2003-'04.  The eyeball test seems to tell us that he's advancing in age and has lost a step.  But, there is also good reason to be optimistic that Pierce's shooting will improve as the season goes on.  From a column this morning by WEEI's Ben...

Game #25 Recap: Paul Pierce drops 40 as Boston Celtics beat Cleveland Cavaliers

Boston Celtics 103, Cleveland Cavaliers 91 It was a tight game, until it wasn’t. Then it was again, then it wasn’t. So it goes for Paul Pierce and these Boston Celtics, who seem to make it hard for themselves even in blowout wins. Boston ended a three-game losing skid and moved back over .500 with [...]

Pierce Drops 40 as Celtics Beat Cavs – The Garden Report: Celtics Post Game Show’s Ben Watanabe joined Jimmy and Jared on The Garden Report: Celtics Post Game Show to break down Paul Pierce’s 40 points and the Celtics victory over the Cavs Wednesday night. The boys analyzed Pierce’s dazzling performance and broke down the battle of the point guards. Even Jason Collins got some love thrown his way [...]

Recap: Paul Pierce ain’t dead yet

In the effort at full disclosure, I proclaimed Paul Pierce “finished” during an afternoon IM session with John. I may have been wrong. The Truth torched Cleveland for 40 points and 6 three pointers in the Celtics 103-91 win. The Cavs are awful and played without  Anderson Varejao (knee) tonight, but who are we to be picky? A win is a win. The Green: Pierce shot 13-16 (6-7 3FG...

Celtics Lead Cavs 54-46 at Halftime Behind Pierce’s 15 Points.

BOSTON – With their Big Three in double digits, the Celtics lead the Bucks 54-46 at halftime. The Celtics are on fire early on, shooting 17-for-31 from the field (55-percent) and 4-for-9 from deep. Paul Pierce leads the way with 15 points, but Rajon Rondo is matching Pierce’s aggressiveness with a game-high eight free throw [...]

Pierce scores 40 to lead Celtics over Cavs

BOSTON (AP) -- Paul Pierce scored 25 of his season-high 40 points in the second half, carrying the Boston Celtics to a 103-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Pierce made 10 of 11 shots from the floor after halftime, hitting his first eight -- including his initial three 3-point attempts. He finished 13 of 16 from the field. Rajon Rondo added 20 points and eight...

Pierce Leads the Charge as Celtics Win 103-91

Wednesday night the Celtics faced the Cleveland Cavaliers in their second game of a back-to-back. Coming into tonight the team looked to stop their three game losing streak and regain a winning record. Cleveland also came into the night on a four game losing steak and looking for just their sixth win of the year. The Celtics came in clearly focused and firing on all cylinders....

Pierce powers Celtics past Cavaliers

BOSTON -- Paul Pierce put on a show Wednesday night, leading the Celtics to the end of their three-game losing streak. "I just wanted to go out and play as hard as I could," Pierce said after scoring 40 points to power Boston, coming off an 0-3 road trip, to a 103-91 victory over the Cavaliers. "You get on a slide like that, you want to come home and do whatever...

Celtics don't let Cavaliers come back, win 103-91

Mark L. Baer / USATODAY Sports It was clear that something was wrong with the Celtics team (especially their defense without KG), and thus came tonight the most significant lineup shake-up this year which sent KG back to 4 and starts Collins at 5. It turned out that move wasn't a bad one as the Celtics rode 40 points from Paul Pierce to beat the Varejao-less Cavaliers 103-91...

Pierce, Celtics get past Cavs

Although it wasn’t their best performance, the Celtics were able to get past the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-91 at the TD Garden. Despite the win, there shouldn’t be much stock put into it as the Cavs came into the game with just five wins on the year. Paul Pierced led the charge with a season-high 40 points. Pierce also added eight rebounds and five assists. Rajon Rondo added 20...

Celtics' Pierce comments on difficulty of defending Spurs

The days when the San Antonio Spurs had one dimensional players besides the "Big 3" of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili are gone. The Spurs no longer rely on a simple pick and roll along with a Tim Duncan "4 Down" like they used to in a predictable offense. Now the Spurs have a whole team full of versatile players who can dribble, drive, kick the...

C's don't really have a scorer lately. Is that a problem?

Does someone else need to start scoring? After the Celtics 95-94 OT loss in Philly a little over a week ago, Magic Johnson said something on the ESPN post-game show that has stuck with me.  Magic stated that in order for Boston to contend, Rajon Rondo was going to have to score 20-25 points a game.  While I don't believe Rondo is about to be that guy, I am starting to wonder...

The Best of Tommy

The Celtics were at home last night and that means that Tommy was tweeting live throughout the game again. He was definitely on his game last night and at times was even more entertaining than the game. I sure do miss him when the C's are on national TV and I'm stuck with the other guys. Tommy should be declared a National Treasure. Here's the best of Tommy from last...

Game Preview: Boston Celtics (12-11) at Chicago Bulls (13-10)

Boston Celtics (12-11) @ Chicago Bulls (13-10) 8:00 PM EST on CSNNE/CSN Chicago Line - Chicago -1.5; Over/Under = 181 Celtics Probable Starters PG – Rajon Rondo (12.7 APG + 12.9 PPG) SG – Jason Terry (11.7 PPG) SF – Paul Pierce (19.7 PPG + 5.4 RPG) PF – Brandon Bass (8.7 PPG) C – [...]
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