Paul Pierce has been pretty quiet through the first two games of the series, but I have a sneaking suspicion that we'll be hearing from him soon enough.
"I’m playing within the system," Pierce said. "Like I told y’all before, I just try to give the game what I think it needs. Being able to knock down open shots and spread the floor, play good defense on LeBron (James), that’s it."
I think he's doing a pretty good job and slowing down LeBron from time to time (which is about all you can ask).
While some have attributed James' Game 2 struggles to his mysterious elbow woes, Pierce thinks there are other reasons.
"It's a combination of our team defense and what adjustments we make," Pierce said. "I really don't know what's going on in his body or anything. But I think our defense has something to do with it."
That's the Captain for you, not taking credit or even singling out individual efforts, but giving credit to the team.
I think his offense is going to come around too. He's been settling for jumpers a bit much but it only takes a couple to fall for him to get into his groove. I was at that game 7 in Boston 2 years ago where he bested LeBron in their Bird-'Nique like shootout. I know he's still got plenty of swagger left and I'm expecting big things this Friday.
Also see: The Thankless Life of Paul Pierce (in this series)