Kelly Dwyer saw what most observant watchers saw yesterday: Paul Pierce’s thumb injury is impacting the Truth’s shooting—badly. And Dwyer, writing as always at Yahoo!, is calling for Pierce to sit out until he gets right (or closer to right), something Doc (and Pierce) mentioned as a possibility after yesterday’s loss at Denver.
The guy’s been shooting the ball a certain way for two decades now, and that certain way has been taken away. Technically, the thumb shouldn’t have a huge roll in how that rock rolls out of your hand and to the hoop, but any change in the routine is bound to create chaos. You overcompensate. You think too much. Or even if you achieve nirvana, passing on the compensation, declining to ponder as you pull up, you’re still shooting a basketball on national TV with four fingers and no guiding thumb. No matter your particular outlook, the shot is not going to be the same.
Which is why Paul needs to sit. For as long as it takes.
And, then, this:
I’m not going to tell you that the Celtics can afford for him to take a break, because they cannot. ThoughRay Allen is having a throwback month and Kevin Garnett actually caught and finished an alley-oop yesterday, the C’s are in a dogfight. Every win counts…The goal is a championship. And if it means losing home court advantage to the Hawks in the second round, so be it.
So, what do you think: Sit Pierce for a prolonged period, even if it means losing ground to Orlando and Atlanta?
I think the answer is clear.