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.
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.