Archive for the ‘Paul Pierce’ Category

What’s Wrong with Paul Pierce?
March 24, 2009

Can you believe we lost to this team last month?

Paul Pierce’s scoring over the past three games: 9 (3-16FG) vs SA, 6 (2-6FG) vs Memphis and 9 (3-7FG) vs LA. Is he tired, secretly-injured or just in a slump?

“I don’t think he had a lot of energy,” Rivers said. “I told our coaches at halftime I was going to try to get him out earlier in the third quarter and pray – I actually said that – that we wouldn’t have to put him back in.”

“He’s human. Like all the great ones, they go through a couple games where timing – sometimes the ball just doesn’t go in.”

Pierce played just 31 minutes last night. Wth KG back in the fold and Ray Allen looking like a 26-year-old, I’m guessing (hoping) that Doc will try harder to get Pierce rest over the final 2-3 weeks of the regular season. The Truth may be tired and slumping, but John loves him more than ever.

Pierce proved that he could still score 30-plus if he wants to.  Pierce proved that he could still, when everyone is hurt, put his cape back on and carry the Celtics.  But unlike a lot of the game’s “superstars,” Pierce isn’t so selfish that he can’t give things up with other stars around.  Let’s just say if he had Shaq, he wouldn’t have blown it.

Gotta love the shot at Kobe.

The Magic rallied to beat the Knicks last night and remain one game back of the Celtics in the race for #2. With the season series 1-1, the winner of Wednesday night’s battle will hold the tie breaker. Update – Celtics lead season series 2-1. The game between them was March 8th when the Celtics (without Rondo, KG) played horribly, fell behind by 22, rallied to cut the lead to 3 late in the 4th but still lost.

Today’s Links: Globe – Doc Says Real Advantage is Health | Efficient Win for C’sKG Makes Most of It | Herald – Celtics Home In with Garnett | KG Gets Impatient | Randolph Gives Marbury Thumbs Up | WEEI – Camerato Examines Potential Playoff Opponents |

More pics from last night’s game after the jump….

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No KG, No Worries
February 1, 2009

superman

Ok…I got worried when the T-Wolves cut a 20+ Celtics lead down to 6 late in the fourth. But Superman would not be denied on this day. Check out the Truth’s line:

41 min, 36 pts, 13-24 FG, 8 reb, 6 assists, 1 blk

Al Jefferson played out of his mind in this game: 34 pts, 15-21 FG, 11 reb, 4 blks

KG missed this game with the flu:

“He’s sick. He’s really bad. His fever’s really high,” Rivers said. “He’s not playing today. He’s probably not playing Tuesday. For him to be out of any game, especially today, he’s got to be pretty sick.”

Box Score | Recap

Feel the Heat…after the jump.

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Little All-Star Love for the Celtics
December 11, 2008

Paris Hilton wants you to vote for Rondo.

The NBA has released the current voting tally for the All-Star game, and the results are not pretty for Celtics fans.

Forwards: LeBron James (Clev) 643,786; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 495,514; Yi Jianlian (NJ) 356,556; Chris Bosh (Tor) 274,195; Paul Pierce (Bos) 153,512; Shawn Marion (Mia) 144,066; Josh Smith (Atl) 59,574; Tayshaun Prince (Det) 56,846; Hedo Turkoglu (Orl) 56,006; Danny Granger (Ind) 49,752; Michael Beasley (Mia) 48,999.

Guards: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 623,311; Allen Iverson (Det) 492,093; Vince Carter (NJ) 236,634; Ray Allen (Bos) 174,155; Jose Calderon (Tor) 124,705; Luke Ridnour (Mil) 123,104; Jameer Nelson (Orl) 116,228; Derrick Rose (Chi) 102,263; Joe Johnson (Atl) 94,847; Devin Harris (NJ) 94, 294; Gilbert Arenas (Wash) 64,450.

Centers: Dwight Howard (Orl) 775;933; Samuel Dalembert (Phi) 116,708; Rasheed Wallace (Det) 88,885; Jermaine O’Neal (Tor) 75,324; Al Horford (Atl) 45,284; Ben Wallace (Clev) 40,799; Andrew Bogut (Mil) 36,479; Zyrdrunas Ilgauskas (Clev) 28,022; Kendrick Perkins (Bos) 24,777; Emeka Okafor (Char) 15,323.

Stop looking for Rondo’s name. He didn’t make the top 10. The 123,104 people who voted for Luke Ridnour should never be allowed to watch an NBA game again.* The Chinese are clearly under government order to stuff the ballot boxes for Yi Jianlian.

And who are the idiots voting for Allen Iverson? The biggest crime may be that Chris Bosh has 120,00 more votes than Paul Pierce. Did anybody watch the Finals? Holy crap…NBA fans are dumb.

A giant Thank You to Jess Camerato for the tip….

*Editor’s Note:  In a previous version of this post, I referred to Ridnour and Yi as teammates. This is not the case. I am a moron.

Winning without The Truth
November 29, 2008

Check out Paul Pierce’s numbers over the last five games – all Celtics wins, of course:

30.2 min, 16-43 FG, 2-13 3FG, 5.4 reb, 11.8 points

His minutes are down because the Celtics are blowing out teams. No problem with that. You can’t complain about the 11 points per game, because the Celtics have become a balanced team offensively. (Thank you Rajon Rondo.) I guess you could bitch about the shooting percentage. At 40%, he’s tied his career low. Is it because the lack of consistent touches keeps him from maintaining a rhythm? Maybe. But I wouldn’t worry.

When the Truth needs to take over games – he does. Just ask Cleveland, Toronto (The Mother Fffin Truth Part I), Atlanta (The Mother Fffin Truth Part II) and Milwaukee – all teams stung by his greatness this season. Not to mention, he’s busting his ass on the defensive end.

Looks like the kids, Bill Walker and J.R. Giddens, are enjoying themselves in the NBDL. Giddens had 19 pts, 12 reb and the game-winning baseline jumper in a win over Austin. Walker had 23 pts and 8 rebounds.

Today’s Links: Globe – Celts Deep-Six 76ers | Division Minus the Race | Pruitt Sick, Cassell Activated | Herald – Celts Make Pretenders Out Of ContendersRay the Bright Light | Pierce Wants It All – Again | ESPN – Lakers Beat Mavs | Top 20 Expiring Contracts

And LeBron James had some words for Charles Barkley who told him to “shut the hell up” when asked about the 2010 free-agency.

A few weeks back, we ran a poll asking fans what they would do if they won a championship ring via the Shamrock Foundation raffle: 40% of you would wear it daily. Personally, I see nothing wrong with flaunting the bling.

Bowl with The Truth
November 12, 2008

Paul Pierce has some openings at his “The Truth Strikes Again” celebrity bowling event next Monday night.

$100 Ticket includes: Access to event (no bowling access); Complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres; Gift bag with Nike merchandise and other complimentary items; Access to live and silent auction and raffle.

Or if you have real deep pockets:

$500 VIP Ticket includes: Opportunity to bowl a game (will be paired with other ticket purchasers) and access to VIP bowling lane area with corporate partners and celebrities; Complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres; Gift bag with Nike merchandise and other complimentary items; Access to live and silent auction and raffle.

It’s Monday, November 17 at 6:30 pm at Kings in Boston. You can buy tickets here.

The Mother-Fffin Truth!!!
November 10, 2008

The Raptors dominated the Celtics tonight…for 3 quarters. Then Paul Pierce decided the Celtics were not going to lose this game. For anyone over 30-years-old, it was vintage Larry Bird. Pierce dropped 22 points in the fourth quarter as the C’s rallied for the 94-87 win.

Pierce’s line for the night: 45 minutes – 36 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists.

The Truth was sick…burying 3s, nailing turnaround jumpers, reverse layups, driving and dishing….you name it, he did it.

Box Score | Recap | 4th Quarter Play-by-Play

As for the Raptors, Jermaine O’Neal (19 first half points) pulled a fantastic disappearing act. In the final 2+ minutes, he had one shot blocked by Perk and coughed up two turnovers. Chris Bosh (9 pts, 0 in the 4th) was a non-factor.

Don’t feel bad Raptors fans, the Lakers know exactly how you feel.

Inside Paul Pierce’s Head
November 4, 2008

Here are some more excerpts from Paul Pierce’s interview with Boston Common (link goes to website, not article.  The article isn’t online yet) :

On playing for another team:

Q. Have you ever imagined playing on a team with Kobe or Shaq?

PP: The year that Miami won it [2006], all-star weekend, I was talking to Shaq, and he was like, “Paul, do you want to come to Miami? I’ll talk to Pat [Riley, the Miami Heat coach and president], and we’ll try and trade for you, because I know you’re not happy in Boston.” And I was thinking, if I play with Shaq, that pretty much is a guaranteed championship. About three or four years ago, I was on the court with Jason Kidd at the all-star game, and I cut to the basket, and I had never had the kind of point guard who could make that type of pass, but he threw it to me, and before I knew the ball was in my hands, I was laying it up. I was like, Man! Just playing with someone like that.

On his tattoos:

Q. And the tattoos? Is this your most recent one? [Points to the tattoo on Pierce’s arm]

PP: Yes. This is a dagger going through a ball, because basketball is my gift and my curse. Obviously it’s all the good things that come from playing basketball, but you also have to deal with the negative things that come from your gift of being a basketball player. I was stabbed in a nightclub [in Boston in 2000] for just being somebody who is popular. You have people who are envious. That’s all part of being who I am. And that’s why there’s a dagger through the basketball.

On being stabbed 11 times:

“Your life flashes before your eyes and you ponder all your relationships, your family.  And it helped you grow so much as an individual knowing that I can all end in a second at any given time… I live a different type of lifestyle now, where if I go places where I need security I’ll hire security.”

On the election:

“I’m going to vote for Obama. I think it would be great to see the first black president. I’m not voting for him only because of that, but because I feel like the change that he could bring as a
Democratic president would be more influential than what the Republicans bring.”

On life after basketball:

“I see myself being a part of the organization still. I feel like I definitely have a future here after basketball, because I’ve embraced the history here. My life is in Boston. I feel like I might open up some restaurants, maybe a sports bar or a car dealership. None of the other greats have done that. They won here, but none left their legacy.”

Here’s a high-res version of the cover

More Awards for the Truth
October 30, 2008

Bostonsportz.com
Courtesy: Bostonsportz.com

Our friends at Bostonsportz.com have named Paul Pierce their Bostonian of the Week. Paul’s play in the season opening win over the Cavs has been overshadowed by his weepy appearance during the ring/banner ceremony. Not only did the Truth drop 27 pts (10-19FG) on LBJ, but he did so without much help from his co-stars. Anyone else notice KG and Ray were a combined 7-24 from the field for a total of 19 points? So all those haters can keep cracking those cryin’ jokes. Pierce looks like a man on a mission. 

In other news, the Lakers are throwing $58 million at Andrew Bynum. Count J.A. Adande as one of the few writers who thinks Bynum still has a lot to prove.

For the Lakers, the desire to lock up a player who has shown the potential to join the small fraternity of elite big men in the NBA has been tempered by the small sample pool of games in which Bynum has actually performed well. He was used sparingly as a rookie, his production dropped off after a solid start to his second season, then his breakout third year was cut short by a knee injury in January. Bynum is averaging 7.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in his career.

Adande also points out that Clippers center Chris Kaman has outperformed Bynum to date. Yet Lakers fans across the board insist he’s the guy who will put LA over the top.  

Blame the Playboy Bunnies
August 5, 2008

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Courtesy: Las Vegas Review-Journal

Look, I’m catching a lot of heat around here for “going tabloid” with the Paul Pierce story. I promised myself that I would let the story die, unless some vital information was uncovered. Well, I found that vital information. Some dude named Norm, who writes a gossip column for the Las Vegas Review Journal, has this to offer:

Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce started his Saturday night with some girlfriend drama and ended it with being stopped by Las Vegas police at 3 a.m. Sunday.

Pierce arrived at N9NE Steakhouse about 9 p.m. with a date and another couple.

Their dinner included a $700 bottle of Melbury Bond cabernet and a visit from some Playboy Bunnies in costume.

Pierce, the most valuable player in the 2008 NBA Finals and a Las Vegas resident in the off-season, passed a field sobriety tests, including a Breathalyzer, after driving erratically on the Strip.

He was stopped near Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue, according to the police report.

During their two-hour dinner, the female companion of Pierce’s buddy tossed a shrimp at the 6-foot-7 former Kansas star. Pierce’s galpal scolded her, saying, “What’s wrong with you? Little girls do that.”

Please Danny, sign someone. I need something relevant to blog about.

Pierce Not Talking About Vegas
August 5, 2008

Not surprisingly, neither Paul Pierce nor the Celtics are willing to talk about the incident in Las Vegas that resulted in the Finals MVP sporting police handcuffs for about 15 minutes.  Here’s what the Globe is reporting today:

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reported that Pierce had been handcuffed after making an illegal lane change in front of the Tropicana Hotel and Casino.

The Celtics yesterday said that NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Paul Pierce would not comment on the early Sunday morning incident during which he was stopped in Las Vegas for “erratic driving.”

Pierce, driving a white BMW, was pulled over at about 3 a.m. Sunday. Pierce passed the field sobriety test, and a Breathalyzer determined that his blood alcohol content was below the .08 legal intoxication limit in Nevada.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Pierce was initially “uncooperative” after being stopped but calmed down after being handcuffed. The cuffs were removed after about 15 minutes, and Pierce was not cited for a traffic violation.

Pierce then left his car at valet parking and hired a taxi.

Neither Pierce’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, nor Las Vegas police returned phone calls yesterday.

A lot of our readers feel like Pierce is the victim of a witch hunt. Sorry – I’m just trying to find out as much information as possible. I realize that he did not commit a crime, but this incident is clearly out of character for Paul and that’s why it’s worth discussing. You won’t find a bigger PP fan than myself.

Most importantly, I found a ton of Celtics gear* on sale at Bob’s and Sports Authority. You can pick up “We Beat LA” or “Eastern Conference Champion” t-shirts for $5. (Note to Lakers fans: it’s cool to where conference champions shirts when the team goes on to win the title.)

* this offer only applies to fans who have purchased at least $30 in Red’s Army merchandise.