Monday , Nov , 19 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Defending Paul Pierce’s Late Three-Pointer Against Orlando Magic

Great teams go for the win, especially when they’re on the road.
In a sense, Pierce and Rivers showed us they’re prepared to go for glory. Sure, Pierce missed. And sure, Rivers should have found a way to get a better shot. Just don’t overlook that Boston went for the win …

Dimemag.com believes Doc Rivers should’ve have gotten Paul Pierce a better look with time dwindling against Orlando:

But Doc had too many tools at his disposal and too much time on the clock for the C’s to end up with Paul Pierce shooting a rushed three when they were only down by two.

My Quick Take: The Boston Celtics won’t go 82-0. They’re beatable. Sarcasm aside, last night’s entertaining game against the Magic exposed a few very minor chinks in the Celts’ might armor.

Let’s address these points:
 
On Doc and that three-pointer …

Many questioned whether Doc Rivers could coach The Big Three. After all, Doc’s strength was always fostering relationships with young players, not drawing up Xs and Os or breaking down game tape for three Hall of Famers.

But his supportive temperament makes him an ideal fit for Boston’s veterans. For example, he’s not fussing over last night’s loss and is sticking to the plan of giving his team time off.

Would a sideline taskmaster take such a level-headed approach after a loss? Doc gets what’s important-keeping Allen, Pierce, and Garnett healthy for the playoffs.

This brings us to Pierce’s missed three-pointer. There’s another way of looking at this play. Great teams go for the win, especially when they’re on the road.

In a sense, Pierce, Rivers, and Boston showed us they’re prepared to go for glory. Sure, Pierce missed. And sure, Rivers should’ve found a way to get a better shot. Just don’t overlook that Boston went for the win.

On their defense …

James Posey got whistled for a late foul on Rashard Lewis. The Magic swingman was hoisting a three pointer, so he received three free throws. Some questioned the call, but Posey, as the Celtics’ lock down defender, must avoid these breakdowns.

Pierce tallied 28 points, but his end-of-game defense was mediocre. In the fourth quarter, he left the Turkish gunner to double down in the post. Turkoglu quickly received a return pass and drained a clutch three-pointer.

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