Pierce (rest) will sit out Friday's game in Portland, Erik Gundersen of the The Columbian's Blazers Blog reports. The Clippers are simply giving Pierce the night off on the back end of a double header. Lance Stephenson is likely to start in his place. The Clippers next play Sunday versus Toronto.
Pierce has started the last two games for the Clippers and have managed averages of 4.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 31 minutes per game. Head coach Doc Rivers decided to switch up the rotations a bit, which resulted in Pierce being thrust into the starting small forward position and Lance Stephenson in the dog house. Pierce, however, has been ineffective in his expanded role and has made just three field goals in two games. At 38 years old, Pierce is well past his prime and should not be relied upon for heavy production on a nightly basis.
Pierce will start at small forward Thursday against the Warriors, Dan Woike of the OC Register reports. Pierce moved into the starting lineup Saturday against Detroit, and he finished with three points, three assists and three boards in 30 minutes. With J.J. Redick and Chris Paul both unlikely to play again Thursday, coach Doc Rivers will apparently stick with the same starting five, meaning Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford will likely comprise the starting backcourt. Once Paul and Redick return, it's unclear whether Pierce will remain a part of the starting group.
Pierce will get his first start of the year Saturday versus Detroit, Rowan Kavner of Clippers.com reports. With Chris Paul and J.J. Redick out of Saturday's game, head coach Doc Rivers has played with the starting line up a bit. One result is Paul Pierce getting his first start of the season over Lance Stephenson. If the Pierce plays well, he could potentially earn future starts.
Pierce scored seven points (3-6 FG, 1-4 3Pt) with six rebounds and two assists Monday in a win versus the Suns. Pierce came off the bench, but played more and scored more than starter Lance Stephenson. He's also averaging more points per game (7.0 PPG) than Stephenson. The Clippers have plenty of depth at small forward between Pierce, Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Wesley Johnson, so the fact that he played more than all of them is a promising sign for the veteran Pierce.
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