There was no brilliantly devised play call this time. If the Celtics’ last gut-check victory was an example of Paul Pierce‘s abilities as a $17 million decoy, their latest was a reminder in exactly why Doc Rivers usually puts the ball in this guy’s hands in the clutch. The most polarizing topic among Celtics fans might not be whether the team is better without Rajon Rondo or whether Danny Ainge should have cleaned house at the most recent trade deadline. Instead, it could be the Celtics’ late-game offensive inclinations. Even supporters who do not want to trade everyone on the team to the Philippines groan audibly when the clock is winding down in a tight game and Pierce holds, holds, holds and holds the ball before finally shooting his patented off-balance, heavily contested 15-foot jump shot at the buzzer.
Paul Pierce Still Top Clutch Performer for Celtics, With Ball in Hands or Without
NESN | Mar 9