Through the first five games of the season, Paul Pierce looked unstoppable. He was making what appeared to be every shot he took. If he spotted up for a three, you better believe it was going in. Last night was a different story. He proved that he is not invincible and can struggle. Look for Pierce to come back out Friday night and reassert himself.
The Truth started the first five games with averages of 21.6 PPG and 6.8 RPG. Those are great numbers and probably even a little above where we would expect him to be. Last night he put in 10 points and grabbed two boards. It is not so much his points that jump out at me as it is his percentages. Pierce was averaging those 21.6 points in the first five games on very few shots. He was making an extremely high percentage. Last night he had a low shooting percentage of 25% on 3-of-12 shooting, and he missed the only three he took. His previous five game percentages: 59% FG 56% 3p.
Most of all, and maybe most important is the fact of how many minutes he had to get these numbers. Before last night his minutes per game were around 32. In the effort against the Timberwolves he had to put in 41.5 minutes as we battled it out to get a win in Minnesota. His flash of brilliance came last night on an "And 1" in the fourth as the Celtics were clawing to get a lead.
Pierce had his worst game so far this season in last night's affair. Lets hope he got it out of his way now, and will look to regain his momentum and put on another five-game stretch of dominance.