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Enemy Chatter: Does Iguodala own Paul Pierce?

Chuck - Red's Army March 12, 2011 Uncategorized 3 Comments

I often wonder what opposing teams, their beat reporters and bloggers are saying about the Celtics after playing the Celtics. Here's a dose of 'enemy chatter' from Philadelphia.

How good is Iguodala? He came a few stats away from his 4th triple double in a few weeks, all the while holding Paul Pierce to just 7 shots, tying his lowest FGA on the season. This is the fifth straight time Andre has gotten the better of Paul in their head to head matchups. Pierce had always killed the Sixers but it's really been Andre who has shut him down the past few years.

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I'm not buying the 'Iguodala has shut down Pierce' argument, so I did a little research.

Here are Paul's stats vs Philly over the past four seasons:

2010-11: 10.7 points, 36% FG, 6.3 rebounds, 3 asissts and 3 turnovers

2009-10: 16 points, 47% FG, 6.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 turnovers

2008-09: 19 points, 48% FG, 2.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.8 turnovers

2007-08: 17.5 points, 62% FG, 2.5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2.8 turnovers

On the flipside, here's Iggy's numbers vs Boston:

2010-11: 12 points, 33% FG, 5.3 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.7 turnovers

2009-10: 18.5 points, 44% FG, 5.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.8 turnovers

2008-09: 17.5 points, 47% FG, 4.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.3 turnovers

2007-08: 21.5 points, 48% FG, 4.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.8 turnovers

Iguodala certainly has the better numbers, but I wouldn't go anywhere near saying "he owns Paul Pierce."

The two guys have completely different roles. Iguodala is the best player on a bad/average team, while Pierce is one of three key veterans on a championship contender.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/licktheglassitol Classless

    Well, hes more of a bad matchup for Pierce. Just as strong, but faster/quicker off the dribble. The 76er’s are just one of the shitty teams Boston doesn’t try against. Nothing more.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/gdeturk Banner18

    Great bulletin board material for Pierce/Celtics! That’s all.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157053529f970b zippittyay

    just watching Derek Rose absolutely wrecking Devin Harris and the Jazz for 17 points in the first quarter to end it up by 20. Geez, now 24…. kinda scary.