Why do people think that Paul Pierce can guard or play up to par with Melo?
In 2 playoff series Melo absolutely abused Pierce in the head 2 heads.
Melo can defend Pierce and has done so beautifully in the past but Pierce cannot defend Melo. Melo didn't even need to defend Pierce these playoffs because he was guarding a combination of Green and Bass while Felton who's 7 inches shorter than Pierce pretty much shut him down and he was playing with a practically broken hand too. Pierce could not even get by a much shorter/relatively injured player.
All Pierce did in the playoffs was force contested jumpers. He shot 30% and below in most of the games and averaged 18.6 PPG. He did average nearly 5 APG in the series but averaged 4 TOs too.
Melo torched him in a lot of those games over and over and over again.
In the first playoff series between the 2 Billups practically missed the entire series. Stat missed 2 games and played injured in the next 2. Melo had to carry a starting lineup of Toney Douglas, Landry Fields, Shawne Williams, and Ronny Turiaf with a supporting cast of Billy Walker, Shelden Williams, Roger Mason, and Anthony Carter against a team with a championship pedigree. Not to mention NY was coached by the idiot of all idiots Mike D'Antoni who was badly outcoached by Doc Rivers.
Yet Melo had a game for the ages against Pierce: 42 points, 17 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block and almost took the Knicks to an upset W.
This yr in the reg season Melo only had 1 bad game against BOS it was the Honey Nut Cheerios game. The other 3 he pretty much obliterated BOS.
- 7 years agoFavorite Answer
Some think that prime Paul Pierce is as good as Melo.Source(s): Media.