Celtics have no answer for Pierce

Celtics have no answer for Pierce
March 21, 2014, 11:45 pm
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Following Boston's 114-98 loss at Brooklyn, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens and his coaching staff gathered in the coaches office just like they always do after games.

There were plenty of disturbing moments in the loss to talk about, lots of Brooklyn players to point to as having been major pains in their you-know-what on Friday night.

But there was one player that stood out even if his numbers weren't overly impressive.

That would be former Celtics great Paul Pierce who had 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting along with three rebounds.

Pierce didn't put up big numbers, but his impact on the game was indeed felt by the Celtics and Stevens.

And the reason more than anything else, is because the 6-foot-7 Pierce now plays a decent amount of time at the power forward spot which creates matchup problems for teams.

"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."

Indeed, Pierce's presence has been a major plus for the Nets since being moved to the power forward position.

"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."