|Posted by B-PAUL on May 8, 2010 at 9:59 PM|
A large man once said, "Paul Pierce is the motha (expletive) truth". That man is now on the team the Celtics have a bull's-eye on, the Cleveland Cavaliers. When Shaquille O'Neal said that quote Paul Pierce had just single-handedly kept the Celtics in a game against the L.A Lakers. In that game he played like the vintage Paul Pierce that I enjoyed watching when I was growing up.
We now fast forward nine years to 2010 and the two are matched up once again. The only difference, they are both on their decline. Even with that being said, we have seen shining moments from Paul Pierce this season. He has shown glimpses of returning to "vintage" Paul Pierce, but not on a consistent basis.
So far during the series against the Cavs, Pierce has been ultimately a non-factor. He is averaging a dismal 12.7 points per game on 30.9% shooting. The same guy that also shot 41.4% from three point land during the regular season, and was crowned NBA Three Point Champion, is shooting a horrible 25% from the three point line during the series. Although we cannot expect vintage Paul Pierce at the age of thirty-two, we should be expecting more than we are getting from him.
With all of this being said, I have a weird gut feeling that Paul Pierce is going to come out tomorrow in game four ready to play. Don't ask me what make me think that, but I just have this weird feeling. People have been heckling him the past few days about his lack of offensive production and I believe he is going to come out of the tunnel a determined man.
If I am wrong, so be it. I am not just trying to go out on a limb by saying this, I have watched Paul Pierce for my entire life and there is something about his attitude and style that makes me believe he's going to play well tomorrow. Hopefully it's not a jinx, but if Pierce comes out and plays like the "motha (expletive) truth" you can say that Gino's Jungle told you so.
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