Saturday, March 22, 2014

Celtics Morning Joe: No emotions for this one against the Celtics for Pierce, as the Nets grow confident

Paul Pierce struggled against his old team. But Friday night in Brooklyn, Pierce scored 13 points, behind 6-of-10 shooting. He didn't have a huge scoring game, but his grip on this team had helped the Nets turn their season around.


"We're clicking on all cylinders right now," Pierce said. "We're starting to reach our peak here at the right time at this point of the season with about a month left. Everybody is growing with confidence."

And that success has come of late without former Celtic Kevin Garnett who remains out with a back injury.

"The good thing is in a week or two, whenever Kevin comes back, it's going to make us that much deeper. So it's good that we're playing this way without a huge piece of this puzzle."

The Celtics didn't have an answer for Pierce when he was out there, and that could be that he's playing at the four spot in Brooklyn.

"Paul Pierce at the four is a problem," Stevens said. "It's a problem for everybody. Brooklyn's done a good job of adjusting. Their defense is very active, long. They [force turnovers]. They turn that into points."

The Nets have been hurt by injuries with KG out because of back spasms. He's missed 11 games in a row. And we know that Lopez, their best player is out for the year. Maybe the Nets can upset someone. They seem to have some heart like we know a Pierce and KG team can have.

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