Paul Pierce, the Captain, the Truth.
He's given so much to the Celtics over the years, and continues to give in different ways to help this team win. Today's win against the Heat was a great example of that with a triple double 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists, along with the game winning shot. Pierce was a big part of helping the Celtics dig out a gutty win.
But the truth is, Paul Pierce is also one of the biggest reasons why the Celtics struggle. Along with his triple double against Miami, he also shot an atrocious 6 of 16 and had 6 turnovers. Down the stretch he took some very questionable shots early in the shot clock. Pierce is often seen walking up the court, making bad passes, or taking ill advised shots. It was because he missed a defensive assignment that Lebron was able to get free and make the game-tying 3 pointer. He digs the Celtics into just as many holes as he saves them from.
Against the Hawks with a 27 point lead, Doc decided to play Paul Pierce major minutes in the 3rd over Jeff Green, when JG was 4 of 8 from the field and had 17 points. One of the best games he's had all season. Clearly, Jeff Green had the hot hand. But Doc, understandably, went with Pierce because "he's earned it", "he won't be in this slump forever", "he just needs to shoot himself out of the slump". Well, Pierce shot the Celtics out of the game with his 0 for 5 from three point range, and 4 for 13 from the field and 5 turnovers.
Some are calling for Paul Pierce to be traded. Maybe. Depends on who we can get. But in some camps, no matter who we get that's blasphemy. Loyalty after all is a two way street, I understand. I'm not calling for the axe, but I'm calling for a change. Loyalty doesn't mean we have to sabotage our own success. If Paul Pierce has earned the right to stay, and even start, his performance of late has shown that he'll have to earn his minutes like any other player.
And, let's ride the hot hand in Jeff Green.