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Your Morning Dump… Where Paul Pierce gives the game what it needs

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) December 26, 2012 Celtics News, The Morning Dump 12 Comments

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

“I tell you guys all the time, I try to give the game what I feel it needs,” Pierce said.

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“The last couple games, I’ve been able to put up some pretty big numbers scoring, but that’s not what we needed (against Brooklyn),” Pierce said. “I was able to really focus in on making that extra pass. They were zoning in on me, I felt, on defense.”

And rather than force the action, Pierce simply re-directed his focus to being more of a playmaker.

“That’s the way I like to play,” said Pierce who is averaging a team-best 20.5 points per game this season. “I don’t have to go in every game thinking I have to score 25 or 30 points.”

CSNNE:  Pierce turns playmaker to help C’s beat Brooklyn

I feel like Pierce and Rondo switched roles in yesterday’s game with Pierce getting the single digit scoring and double digit assists while Rondo was burying a clutch jumpers in the 4th quarter.

This might be the first time the Celtics showed what kind of team they can truly be.  There were certainly better wins on the season (like beating Oklahoma City)… but this is the first time the C’s bench and role players stepped up in ways to supplement what the starters did and didn’t do…. while the starters varied their roles in a way to get the job done.

Think about it… Pierce became a distributor, Rondo became a scorer, Sullinger rebounded off the bench while he and Jeff Green provided the scoring from the 3 and 4 spots that Pierce and KG didn’t, and Jason Terry pitched in with some clutch shooting when he got the opportunity.  It was the first time I saw everyone pitch in like we expected.

Will it continue out West, where the Clippers have won a ridiculous 14-straight games?  That’ll be tough to do.  But if the C’s can continue to pick each other up like this, then guys like Pierce can focus on doing other things to help the team, rather than keep jacking up shots in an effort to do everything on the floor.

The rest of the links:

CSNNE:  A long-awaited big win for Boston  |  Sullinger makes most of Christmas Day game |  Bradley won’t join team on trip  |  Varnado happy to be in Brooklyn with Celtics for Holidays  |  ESPN Boston:  Celtics finally show their stuff  |  KG:  “We went back to traditional basketball”  |  Globe:  Jared Sullinger comes up big  |  Celtics and Nets can’t get through a game without a skirmish  |  Herald:  Varnado aims to be more than a rent-a-player  |  Celtics’ gift:  A new year?  | Sullinger matures with big afternoon |  Shorts story misread by officials  

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  • Beeker

    Very anxious to see how the guys come out against the Clippers. My heart believes they can win but my mind is preparing for them to get their butts handed to them. It would make a pretty big statement if we came out and really handled them.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Or….maybe Pierce`s 3-for-10 shooting convinced him early on that his shots just weren`t falling, so maybe settling for being a “facilitator” made more sense?

    • LAF

      Pierce missed a couple of bunnies he usually makes and also was hacked a few times but got no calls. And all game long they were sending 2-3 guys to get the ball out of Pierce’s hands and P2 just calmy picked their D apart with his passes.

      But yeah…His stat line says he was 3 for 10 so he must’ve had a horrible shooting game.

    • eddysamson

      So what exactly is the problem with that? Its something Kobe would never do. He’d rather keep missing all game and still squeak out 20~ points on 9 for 21 shooting. In this case I’d take Pierce on a low FG% day over Kobe on a low FG% day any time.

      • RedsLoveChild

        I`m just sayin`….if his shots were falling, he`d be firing. It`s as simple as that.

        They weren`t falling. So, it made more sense for him to dish off.

        There`s just no need for him to “spin it” any other way.

    • Andy

      He only took 7 shots in the first half…and made 3 of them. So he was shooting 42% which is higher than his season average.

      Looks like he was giving the game what it needed rather than abandoning his shots due to too many misses. No spin. Cheer up buddy.

  • zippittyay

    Beating the Clippers would be typical of the Celtics.

  • Ray

    @zippitty
    If the Celtics play 48 mins of basketball like they did in Brooklyn, then they’ll have a very good chance of beating the Clippers. Remember, the Clippers still have Griffin and Jordan in the front-court. These two are only dunkers and they’re limited offensively.

    The Clippers good at the moment. I think they’re kind of immature for a team with veterans. I think they show-boat too much at times. Blake Griffin is a true fake tough guy and I’ll love to see Garnett get under his skin.

  • Derek

    Here’s what I like the most. Pierce had 8 points, but at the end of the game he was all smiles, interacting with fans, and acted like he scored 40, cause he’s all about winning. when I watched the Lakers game, Dwight Howard looked dejected after the pau gasol dunk, and after the win, because he wasn’t the main.focus.

    I love this team, I love Paul pierce. we may be struggling a bit, but these are the type of guys I would go to war with. cheers

    • paul

      How about not going to war at all? We gotta go to war alla time?

      • Derek

        What…..?

  • Derek

    Also, I would like to see Sully and kg in more high-low situations. Sullinger is a good passer, and KG has been successful sealing defenders down low all year.

    it would be nice to see Sullinger look at the hoop more from 15-18 ft, he knocks that shot down consistently, but sometimes he catches the ball there with nobody in front of him and doesn’t look at the hoop. I’m sure he will get more comfortable in time.

    it would be nice to see Jeff green more aggressive, mostly in the post when someone undersized is on him. too often I see him on the perimeter when a smaller man on him, he has a good post game, use it.