An encouraging explanation for Pierce's poor shooting

Paul Pierce is currently shooting 41.4% from the floor this year.  It's easily his worst FG% since he shot 40.2% in 2003-'04.  The eyeball test seems to tell us that he's advancing in age and has lost a step.  But, there is also good reason to be optimistic that Pierce's shooting will improve as the season goes on.  From a column this morning by WEEI's Ben Rohrbach:
Since Garnett’s arrival, Pierce has shot significantly better after the NBA All-Star break (47.7 on field goals, 38.0 percent from beyond the arc) than before (45.5 percent on field goals, 31.3 percent on treys), accentuated by last year’s remarkable 58.5 true shooting percentage after the All-Star Game. In related news, the C’s started last season 15-17 before the break and finished 24-10 after it. In other words, Pierce plays himself into a rhythm over the course of a season.

Rohrbach also points out that Pierce shoots better on no rest this season (46.7%), than after two or three days off (37.8).  Maybe the Captain isn't actually getting as old as we think; maybe he's just getting warmed up.

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