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Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Paul Pierce has not had a great Finals

By Henry Abbott

Paul Pierce has made 13 of his 33 shots over the Finals' first three games, and Ron Artest's defense has gotten a lot of the credit.

But Artest is not remotely satisfied, saying after Game 3:
I haven't been happy with my defense. Next game I really want to come out and play better defense. I'm not happy with the defensive job I have been playing. Next game I'm going to come out real aggressive, within the rules. Really aggressive within the rules. You know, move my feet, play defense the way I know how to play, because I'm really not satisfied with how I've been playing defense. ... Next game I'm definitely going to come out and play better defense. I'm definitely not satisfied.

Doc Rivers echoes the idea that Artest can play better defense, blaming Pierce's uneven Game 3 performance on the referees:
Every time he came on the floor, another whistle blows and he had to sit down. He was completely taken out of the game by the foul calls. I'll give Artest credit when he deserves it, but today it was more that Paul Pierce had to sit on the bench. He'd play five minutes, have to go back down, four minutes, have to sit. ... They didn't allow him to play tonight.