1. Pierce did have it going, he played great last night.
I'm sorry that you're angry that Doc feels that Paul Pierce should play more time than Jeff Green. Jeff Green hit his shots early last night, but he didn't really play that well otherwise. Doc cares a lot more about the other things (especially with Green) than he does makes/misses.
On nights when Paul doesn't have his legs, its frustrating. But on the whole I understand it and Paul was playing very well last night, much better than Green.
ok this makes me angry. you dont know what you are talking about.
Jeff Green was 5 for 5 when he left the game (7:39 left 2nd qtr) and had scored 8 out of the last 10 Cs points. He did not re enter the game until 4:43 left in the 3rd quarter. I would not expect anyone to maintain their touch through that time period. Thats over 11 minutes of game time plus intermission etc. Fouls were irrelevant last night.
This is a very bad way to handle subs imo. Pierce could/should have played less minutes. We cant expect so much from Green if hes getting the seat pulled from under him everytime he goes on a run
You'll notice the team kept right on going and expanded that 6 point lead when Green left to 20+ points.
Nobody is saying pulling green caused the celtics to do poorly or anything. Still, green was playing well when he was pulled. Just because his name is "Paul pierce" does not mean he should play more than green especially on the nights where pierce is bricking everything he shoots. If pierce has it going fine but if green has it going play green.
2. Green shot well in the first half, which is great. That doesn't mean he was "playing well".
There's nothing "wrong" with Doc pulling Green when he did, putting him back in when he did etc., it's just a missed opportunity to (1) let a guy returning from injury have a heat check moment or two in a midweek, midseason regular season game against a garbage Western Conference squad and (2) rest the Captain (who's had tired legs for several weeks) a little bit longer. It's emblematic of the country club atmosphere that seems to be present (for better and for worse) on Doc's Celtics teams.
I love Pierce and want to see him retire a Celtic. At the same time, from what I can tell, a lot of people (and Doc) think the following:
1. Don't trade Pierce.
2. Don't play Pierce off the bench.
3. Don't reduce Pierce's minutes.
4. Don't experiment with running the offense through anyone other than Pierce when he's on the court.
5. I want the Celtics to win the 2012-13 NBA championship.
I'm sorry, but one of these statements is not like the others.