When Iggy's not in sight
According to ESPN Stats and Info, Pierce was a mere 1-of-5 shooting when guarded by Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala on Wednesday (and is now just 5 for 20 for the series). But only one of Pierce's attempts against Iguodala came after the first quarter and Pierce seemed to attack whenever he didn't have Philly's smothering swingman impeding his path.
Pierce didn't have a particularly strong shooting night (6 of 17 overall), but still got to the line 14 times (making 11 freebies) as part of a 24-point outburst. A glance at the Iguodala defense numbers:
It's worth noting that Pierce did draw two shooting fouls on Iguodala, including a three-shot foul midway through the third quarter that aided Boston's ability to pull away. Plus, Pierce's renewed aggression going at the rim left the 76ers scrambling to rotate with help when he got past Iguodala.
For his part, Pierce said, "Whether I shot the ball well or not, everything I was going to do was being with aggression."
The Celtics need more of that aggressive Pierce moving forward to sustain that sort of offensive production.
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