On Wednesday, Paul Pierce had some fiery flashbacks to his youth, going for 40 points on the kind of economical shooting (13-for-16) that built his reputation when he was a mere kid.
Last night, he made a drive down a different side of that same memory lane — the one where he was a lone star in a blue state. After leading the Celtics to a victory over Cleveland, Pierce was forced to be great against Milwaukee. On an evening when Jason Terry made just 1-of-15 shots and Kevin Garnett hit but 6-of-22, he had 35 points and — remember the late '90s? — a loss.
Pierce got the game to overtime with a late 3-pointer, but he couldn't prevent his nearsighted club from falling to Milwaukee, 99-94.
"Yeah, I mean, when everybody's not making shots, you're looking for whoever is making shots," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "And I thought Paul had to work way too hard for his shots. (Luc Richard Mbah a Moute) is a heck of a defender."
Yet Pierce was still able to squeeze in 13 of his 23 shots from the floor while the rest of his mates were a combined 23-for-71 (32.4 percent). He also found time to pull down a team-high 12 rebounds, with five assists and three steals.
Not bad for a 35-year-old.
And he might still have been playing instead of speaking to the media if a call had gone Pierce's way with five seconds left in the extra inning. With yet another chance to erase a three-point deficit, he had his shot interrupted by Larry Sanders.
"I thought I got fouled on it, but, you know, that's the way it goes sometimes," he said. "The ref didn't see it that way."
Truth is, Paul Pierce can't do it alone
Boston Herald | Dec 22