Pierce's shots not falling just part of problem

Pierce's shots not falling just part of problem
November 3, 2012, 3:28 am
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BOSTON - At one point in the second half, Milwaukee second-year forward Tobias Harris had 11 points while Pierce had just two.

There isn't a planet in the solar system where that scenario should exist.

Pierce's shooting woes were among the many things that didn't go the Celtics way as the Bucks had a surprisingly easy time in defeating Boston, 99-88.

Pierce finished with 11 points on 3-for-11 shooting, with his struggles in large part due to early foul trouble.

The Captain had two personal fouls in less than six minutes of playing time. Once he left the game, the Bucks outscored the C's by seven for the remainder of the quarter and never looked back.

"It was tough. It kind of threw me out of rhythm," Pierce said of his two early fouls. "Even when that happens, we have to have guys ready to step up."

And that, maybe more than anything else, is so surprising about the Celtics struggles through the first two games.

Because of their depth, the C's were supposed to have enough talent to fill in the gaps when core players like Pierce have off nights.

Two games into the season, and the Celtics are still in search of players who can be difference-makers.

But as Coach Doc Rivers has reminded the media often - it's still early and there's a lot of basketball left to be played.

"Both sides of the ball, we just didn't play well," Pierce said. "We're still trying to develop some chemistry with one another, offensively and defensively. It's going to take some time. The first two games, we got 80 games left. We got time to get it together."