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No More Solo Act

Mark Murphy reports:

Pierce already expects to score less.

"Obviously, you have to make sacrifices in this situation," he said. "We’re all used to carrying the load, and that’s about to change. It’s what we can do now to make each other better that is going to come into play now. You might be asked to change your role, and I can definitely see that happening this year.

"We all led our teams in scoring, and everyone obviously can’t do that. No team in league history ever had three guys average 25 points a game, so I know that’s not going to happen."

Instead, Pierce envisions himself becoming a better defender. He always has referred to himself as an underrated defensive player, with a few in the audience not always taking his claim seriously.

This is his opportunity - after years of carrying the offensive burden - to prove it.

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