Lakers vs. Celtics, Game 3: Pierce’s Bravado Backfires in Critical Loss

June 9th, 2010 by Harrison Moore Leave a reply »

After the Celtics took game 2 at Staples, Paul Pierce vowed that his Celtics “ain’t goin back to L.A.”

Well, after Pierce posted only 15 points, shot barely over 40% from the field and had more fouls (5) than rebounds and assists combined (two apiece), he may finally be on his way to backing up his words—just not the way he intended.

These latest antics leave us to wonder whether Pierce is really this arrogant or if he’s incapable of realizing that he’s up against a much different Finals opponent than he was  in 2008?

He ran his mouth excessively back then too, but that Laker team spent the majority of their time trying to defend him with Vladimir Radmonovich, who isn’t exactly known as a defensive stalwart. Even when Radmonovich was on the bench, those Lakers were forced to go against Pierce with the much smaller, injury hampered Trevor Ariza—quite a step down from Ron ...

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