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Doc Rivers reminds Paul Pierce that he is ‘still our scorer’

Posted By Mike Petraglia On January 31, 2013 @ 1:59 am In General | No Comments

Doc Rivers [1] knew everyone would have to pick up their game without Rajon Rondo [2]. He also knew that Paul Pierce [3] had experience doing it. But as the game began, the Celtics [4] coach felt he was too concerned with distributing and not doing what he does best – scoring.

The Celtics’ leading scorer at 18.7 points per game was scoreless before a layup and a free throw with 2:53 left in the second quarter. Time for intervention.

“Listen, that’€™s how we have to play overall,” Rivers said. “Just simple, good basketball; pass the ball, move the ball. I got on Paul at the beginning of the game because I thought he was trying to be the facilitator ‘€“ he must’€™ve read some of your all dumb-ass articles ‘€“ and then once he started moving the ball, he was great. Because he’€™s still our scorer. I said, ‘€˜Paul, you’€™re still our scorer, by the way.’€™ But overall I thought everybody just played their role, and played great.’€

Pierce got the message, finishing with a team-best 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Celtics also made concerted effort of rushing the ball up the court against the athletic Kings.

“Again, not having Rondo, we don’€™t want teams to get set, where you’€™ve got to grind out a play and late clock, and moving,” Rivers said. “It’€™s just easier for us if we can get into our stuff quicker. We just advanced it at the pass, we got early posts for Kevin (Garnett [5]), had some quick lay-ups, easy baskets, that’€™s what we have to do.’€

Pierce wasn’t the only one facilitating the Celtics’ offense. Kevin Garnett (13 points, nine rebounds) established himself early with nine points in the first quarter.

‘€œYeah, he was terrific,” Rivers said. “He really did. And that’€™s what he ‘€“ you know, all of them, everybody has to do their job. Some have to do better. And Kevin I thought tonight was terrific. Really, I thought everyone did what they needed to do. I thought our bench came in and had an unbelievable run. And I thought offensively what we did is if a play worked, we didn’€™t try to get smart and run another play. We kept running the same play. And when that stopped, we went to another play. It’€™s simple, and it sounds simple, but that’€™s what we did.’€

The first game the Celtics played knowing Rondo was no longer an option couldn’t have gone much better for the Celtics in a 99-81 win that Boston led by as many as 28 in the third quarter.

‘€œWell it’€™s important because we believe we can and we want to and we need to,” Rivers said. “So, yeah, I mean it’€™s vital for us. We have to win every game; that’€™s how we think. We have to go in every single game and look at them as single games now, and try to win them. But it’€™s always nice to get off to a start like this.’€


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