|Posted by shawn cassidy on August 31, 2011 at 2:45 AM|
How can you say Pierce isn't clutch? The percentage is low in-game winning shot situations,but is it really the only indicator of a clutch performer? Compared to the field out there is Paul really bad? I think if you want to look at numbers then your missing the real meaning. Clutch is more than a regular season game. Yes if you hit some game winners in the regular season that should be considered clutch,but I think clutch is more about the moment. How big is the moment,and how you change the outcome. Sometimes it's not in the final 10 seconds,or sometimes it occurs in the final minute. Paul has been a big time playoff performer in his career. Clutch can be considered an entire game right? Paul in his first playoff series pounded the 76ers in-game five with 48 points,and his team moved on to the second round. Could clutch be a fourth quarter comeback? In 2002 the Celtics came back from a 21 point deficit heading into the fourth quarter against the Nets in the East finals.
Paul hit clutch free throw's in the comeback,and he was the leader on the floor during the comeback. He didn't hit a game winner,but the performance was clutch. I also think a clutch play could be a tip ball that you pull down,and out smart your opponent. That happened in-game seven against Cleveland in 2008. Paul beat out James for the tip ball.
But here’s the thing: The numbers ESPN’s research group has provided suggest Pierce shoots just as “poor” a percentage in crunch time as Bryant does. Consider this TrueHoop post from March 2010, in which ESPN looked at 10 seasons’ worth of potential game-winning or game-tying shots attempted in the last 10 seconds of regulation or overtime:
Bryant has attempted by far the most such shots of anyone over the last decade. His 89 is trailed by Vince Carter’s 69, Paul Pierce’s 57, Dwyane Wade’s 51 and LeBron James’ 50.Bryant’s 26 makes also lead the League, followed by Carter with 20, Ray Allen with 17 and Allen Iverson’s 14. Carmelo Anthony, Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki and Paul Pierce have each made 13.
Is Vince Carter more clutch than Pierce just because he hit more game winners? I would say Vince Carter isn't even on the same planet as Pierce. Vince Carter had one playoff run in 2001 that set him apart from players during the 2001 season. Throughout Carter's career he's been a disappointment. He's failed to deliver for his teams when it mattered most. Case, and point in 2010. The Magic brought him in to take them over the top. He crumbled in the Boston series in 2010. I will give Carter some credit. He had the guts to shot in the clutch.
Read the article,and decide for yourself. Lowe defends Pierce during parts of his article.