Washed up. Over the hill. On the decline.
Those are just a few of the adjectives used to describe Boston Celtics’ captain Paul Pierce these days.
But while the 14-year veteran might just laugh them off as nonsensical banter, his stat line suggests otherwise.
Through 57 games for the Celtics, Pierce is averaging 18.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists in over 33.9 minutes per game. He’s also shooting at just a 41.9 percent clip from the field and 36 percent from beyond the arc.
Sure, plenty players around the league would gladly take those numbers. But to Pierce, it’s somewhat of a down year.
Not to mention, the 35-year-old seems to have lost a step.
The separation he once created for his jump shot no longer comes with ease. The minutes still pile up but his legs no longer seem capable of handling them. He might look the same, talk the same, but make no doubts about it; he’s no longer the Pierce we all used to know.
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