Paul Pierce’s Crunch-Time Struggles Left Celtics Lacking Go-To Scorer

September 16th, 2010 by Jay King Leave a reply »
I reminded myself of Paul Pierce while playing basketball, and that was actually a bad thing. Let me explain.

I just finished my summer basketball league, and I wasn't what I used to be. Once a college basketball player (and not a decade or two ago either, but only two years ago), my waist now shows ample evidence of my unconditional love for pizza and a few too many hours on the couch. On the court, it showed. Because I was playing against high schoolers and old men who I would have devoured in my prime, my mind still felt like I was the best player on the court. My body just couldn't carry out my head's commands.

I would start a move and KNOW I was going to get to the hoop for an easy layup. All of the sudden -- BAM! -- my path was cut off by a defender I would have roasted in my heyday. My mind was telling me I could still get to the hoop, but physically I just couldn't do it. By the end of the summer, my body realized my mind was a filthy liar and I adjusted accordingly. Where I once would have fielded layup lines against some of my defenders, I instead settled for jumpers. I put ...

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