With the Celtics on a four-game win streak and Paul Pierce still reigning as the go-to guy in the clutch (a la his drained three as time expired to tie the game against the New York Knicks), it's easy to forget that Pierce has struggled shooting all season.
His pre-All-Star game numbers are lackluster at best.
In February, he shot 0.395 from the field and 0.292 from behind the arc, frightening for a player who boasts a 44.8 field goal percentage over a career that has spanned three decades.
This season's cramped calendar has been cruel to the aging captain.
As the year has dragged on, a demanding schedule continues to fatigue the Celtics' leader.
Further, a heel injury extinguished No. 34's training camp opportunity, putting him behind the eight ball fitness-wise to start the season.
Boston's star is still contending with that injury on some level.
Add these factors together, and Pierce's shooting struggles begin to make some sense.
So despite Pierce's recent hot streak, Rivers will have to figure out whether the Truth has enough gas left in the tank to bring another one home to Boston.
It's possible that Pierce still has what it takes, and it's believable that Act I of his 2011 season has been nothing more than a slump.
But Rivers must honestly evaluate Pierce's situation going into this year's playoffs and address it accordingly.