Mitch Lawrence reports that Pierce has responded well to the challenge of starting at the four, and that doesn't surprise people who know him, such as long time teammate Jason Terry:
[sny-box]“There’s no question, Paul adapts wherever he’s asked to play. When you’re a basketball player of his stature, with a high basketball IQ, you can adjust on the fly [...]He’s played point guard sometimes, along with two and three. As for playing the four, he seldom did that in Boston. But he’s very intelligent, and the thing that you can’t measure about Paul is his heart. When you’re playing [the] four and you’re undersized, do you have the will to compete? He does, on every possession."[/sny-box]
In his two starts at power forward, Pierce has shot 37.5% (12-for-32) including 3-for-10 from downtown. He has six rebounds, eight assists, three steals, and four blocks in those contests.
At 6'6", Pierce isn't the prototypical power forward, and his numbers in these two games reflect that. But when the Nets play small, they seem to find an identity. There's ball movement, they're spread out, and they finally have some offensive rhythm. Will Pierce be over-matched at times on the boards? Sure, but the Nets can temper that by sprinkling in Reggie Evans and giving Kevin Garnett a slight uptick in minutes to minimize those instances. What the Nets need to do is find a way to make the most out of their possessions and position themselves to allow their veterans to go to work late in the game. Thus far, this lineup has been able to achieve that.