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Pierce not concerned with offensive struggles

LOS ANGELES — Paul Pierce [1] isn’€™t worried.

In spite of shooting 2-for-11  in Game 2 of the NBA finals [2], the Celtics [3] captain was not concerned.

He knows he can perform better, but he doesn’€™t have to force his shot when his teammates are getting it done on the offensive end.

‘€œI think I struggled offensively, I think I rushed a lot,’€ Pierce said following the Celtics Game 2 win over the Lakers. ‘€œI don’€™t think it was too much about what Ron (Artest [4]) did (defensively). I had about three or four open shots off the pick-and-roll that guys got me open that I missed. I loved the looks I got tonight. I’€™m happy with that, but at the same time I’€™m not going to force the issue on my offense.’€

Pierce finished the game with 10 points, 14 less than in Game 1. But it’€™s how he made up for it that matters. He grabbed four rebounds and held Artest to just six points off of 1-for-10 shooting. Pierce considers himself [5] to be a versatile player, not just a scorer, and he utilized those skills to help the Celtics get the win.

‘€œI don’€™t have a big burden for me offensively on my team as Kobe (Bryant [6]) does,’€ he said. ‘€œSo when I’€™m not out here making buckets I’€™m out there trying to rebound, defend, make plays for other guys. Obviously Ray was the catalyst tonight along with Rajon (Rondo [7]), so I tried to do other things.’€