Bulls Blogger Sam Smith offers up one explanation for Paul Pierce's subpar play:
What? You say they do. I don’t know. I haven’t seen him.
That Boston guy wearing No. 34. That couldn’t be Paul Pierce. Paul
Pierce doesn’t get his shot blocked by Derrick Rose in a one-point game
with 6:32 left in the fourth quarter, and then stand there and watch
the rookie save the ball and start a fast break for a three point play.
And now the stuff about the alleged injury:
I think Pierce is hurt.
I ran that by an NBA guy and he agreed that it sure looked like it.
We haven’t seen Pierce play this indifferently in two years. Finals
MVP. Team leader. I had been thinking maybe with Kevin Garnett out
Pierce had just given up, knowing the Celtics would not repeat.
But I’ve seen a changed player the last two years, a real competitor who’s almost impossible to stop. It doesn’t make sense.
I don't buy it simply because I haven't seen Pierce limp or grimace or wince. After he explodes for 30 tonight (see previous post) all this talk will die.