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Paul Pierce is playing more like Ray Allen this season

Nov 25, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

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Maybe the answer to the question “how are the Celtics going to replace Ray Allen?” was always there, we just didn’t expect it.

How about a little Paul Pierce.

If you’ve watched some Celtics games this season you have seen Pierce, a shot creator for most of his career, working more off the ball coming off picks. Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com went to Synergy Sports and looked up the numbers.

This is the percentage of Pierce’s shots that came from him coming off a screen:

2009-10: 5.5%
2010-11: 9.5%
2011-12: 14%
2012-13: 22.1%

With that, the percentage of his shots that have come as a pure spot-up shooter and the shots he has had to create for himself in isolation are both at four-year lows.

Pierce also is scoring 1.02 points per possession coming off screens, which is a good number.

Pierce is not exactly 25 anymore, so the key is to get him good looks that he doesn’t (or in some ways can’t) get anymore the way he did for much of his career. Boston has found that, and while not Ray Allen numbers (35 percent of his shots came off screens last year) this is a great alternative.

  1. geneatals - Nov 25, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    He’s getting more shots. JT is finding his way also, just need to figure out defense and rebounds. Offense is not the problem with this squad.

  2. lakerluver - Nov 25, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Boston loses to Detroit by 20 and then beats OKC. That team is as schizophrenic as “you know who”. Holy paulhargis53 (crap), what kind of team are you Boston?!!

    • j0esixpack - Nov 25, 2012 at 8:34 PM

      Credit where credit is due to the Lakers. They’re not schizophrenic.

      They’re just consistently bad.

      • bozosforall - Nov 26, 2012 at 2:04 AM

        Only one game behind the Puh C’s, without their two top point guards. Meanwhile, the Puh Cs have Rondo but are still struggling. As Saul, joesuxdix shows what a know-nothing he is.

      • j0esixpack - Nov 26, 2012 at 7:18 PM

        The more rational response from you should have been to note how ironic it is for any Lakers fan to point fingers about schizophrenic and inconsistent play

        But then again, for a homophobic gay-basher who likes to wear clown make-up, maybe that’s just too close to home

  3. doublezero74 - Nov 25, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Lakerlother,
    No excuses losing to a bad Detroit team, but the reason they let that happen was it was their 4th game in 5 nights and their 7th in 10 nights overall. Second half of a back to back on the road and they didn’t have legs. Still they could have played harder and won. Younger teams like the heat , bulls and OKC this prolly wouldn’t happen to, but it did the older celts. So I wouldn’t put too much stock into that Detroit loss

  4. misterdreamer119 - Nov 25, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Pierce has that old man game down.

  5. scalfor3 - Nov 25, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    He obviously doesn’t carry the offense nearly as often now, but Pierce still gets in those “truth” zones once in a while during which he can score as ruthlessly as anyone

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