I don't want to come down too hard on Ray Allen less than halfway through the season, especially when he has played some of the best defense of his career. But before people start blaming Pierce for current offensive problems, they should look at Allen. Fox brought up some good points about Allen's current issues, and honestly Ray has hardly been a dominant presence this year, while KG and Pierce consistently have been. Ray's PER the last six years:
That, ladies and gentlemen, is a drop off. And it's worsened in recent weeks. I have been able to convince myself that Ray's offensive decline was okay because of his veteran leadership and defense. But now I am worried, as you would expect from what I recently wrote about big salaried non-All Star players. Ray has to step it up for the C's to play at a pinnacle level. If that means more rest, fine. Most of us find it silly that he is closer to 40 minutes a game as opposed to 30. And it is okay if he needs a couple weeks off to regain his form. But the key is to get Ray back to near an All Star level, where he has been for most of the last decade.
Without Ray being brought in there would be no KG, so we have no choice but to live with the consequences of his possible decline. But the popular theory that shooting guards have precipitous falloffs might again be proving itself correct. If that is the case, things could get dicey. Hopefully I am just jumping the gun on this, and being overly emotional about the last few games. But prior to calling out Pierce or KG, I think it is important we take Allen to task.