At this stage of his career, Paul Pierce can no longer do every night what he did against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday. Call it aging. Call it unselfishness. Call it deferring to maintain proper team dynamics. You can call it whatever you want, really.
But whatever it is, it always happens for long enough to make people forget about him. And then, he puts together a game like he did Tuesday, leading the Celtics to an improbable win without Rajon Rondo, and everyone remembers again.