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Doc Rivers on Paul Pierce: ‘He’s the sneakiest athlete in the league’
Posted By Paul Flannery On March 17, 2011 @ 2:52 pm In General | 2 Comments
This has been an ongoing, and underrated, part of the Celtics  season, but Paul Pierce  has been finishing at the rim at a 72.4 percent clip . To put that in perspective, that percentage ranks fourth among NBA small forwards  and is a slight tick ahead of LeBron James , who admittedly gets there more often.
For most of the season Pierce has quietly gone about his business, but in recent weeks he has been executing highlight-film poster dunks on players ranging from Kris Humphries to Carlos Delfino to the entire Clipper frontline and extending into Wednesday night’s dunk on Roy Hibbert . (Reds Army has the video highlights ).
While Pierce doesn’t fit the mold of a high-flyer, this doesn’t come as a surprise to Celtics coach Doc Rivers .
“I told you this years ago when I first got here. I used to get so pissed when we played the Celtics because I used to think this non-athletic guy keeps beating us,” Rivers said. “Then when you coach him you realize he’s a super athlete. He just plays at a pace [where] he doesn’t show it. He’s the sneakiest athlete in the league.”
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 Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm
 Paul Pierce: http://media.weei.com/basketball/paul-pierce.htm
 finishing at the rim at a 72.4 percent clip: http://www.hoopdata.com/player.aspx?name=Paul%20Pierce
 ranks fourth among NBA small forwards: http://www.hoopdata.com/shotstats.aspx?team=%25&type=pg&posi=SF&yr=2011&gp=40&mins=30
 LeBron James: http://media.weei.com/basketball/lebron-james.htm
 Roy Hibbert: http://media.weei.com/basketball/roy-hibbert.htm
 Reds Army has the video highlights: http://www.redsarmy.com/home/2011/03/the-paul-pierce-body-count-gets-a-few-dunks-longer.html
 Doc Rivers: http://media.weei.com/basketball/doc-rivers.htm
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