Originally Posted by Real Men Wear Green
No offense but there's no way Ray Allen could carry a team scoring 25+ ppg right now and if KG had that explosiveness the Cs wouldn't have those rebounding problems and his D would be much better. The star vets on this team play smart and play hard but they've definitely lost a lot of the abilities they had in their primes. Pierce is still kind of close but even he's fallen off, remember when he used to get 40+ vs LBJ? These days if he gets 18 on Bron it's a good night.
You bolded only a portion of the sentence. I said, for his role on this team. He's always been the complimentary piece amongst the 3. So for a guy who's just coming off screens all game, catching and shooting, I think he's as good as ever. His fitness and endurance are the same. He probably can't do what he did in Seattle, get the ball and just pull up from random spots for 25+ a game, but he can net you 18-20 and he can do it without having much offense run for him. He's always running for the offense.
And KG's explosiveness limits his rebounding a bit, too, you're right. But a lot of his rebounding issues this season have come from having no one competent enough to play center. The older he gets, the less valuable he is under the basket and the more he should be stretched, but due to no serviceable big man, the opposite is happening. But his defense is still elite. He was the rightful runner-up for DPOTY last year. He's still the best defender in the game at his position. If he moved to the 3 he'd be the best defender in his position.
And on Pierce, I disagree. I just think they've gotten used to playing the way they play. If the Celtics need Pierce to go for 47 against the Heat, I think he can still pull 47 on the Heat. We'll see if there's any context for him to do that right now, but he hasn't shown me he's any less capable of doing so.