It’s the NBA Playoffs so emotions are bound to run high, especially when the games come down to the wire and the crowd is riled up.
That was the case in Toronto with the Brooklyn Nets and the Raptors trading blows right down to the closing minutes. Then Paul Pierce decided enough was enough and he nailed some pretty big shots to lead the Nets to a 94-87 victory in Game 1 of the series.
The most impressive one though came when Brooklyn was leading 86-81 with just under a minute remaining, as he measured up Patrick Patterson at the top of the key and nailed a fade away jumper over his outstretched arm, following a nice little hesitation move that created some room. That completely silenced the crowd at the Air Canada Centre and all but sealed the win. But he wasn’t done yet.
"That’s why they [Brooklyn] got me here," he proclaimed as he bounced back to his bench to high five his teammates. "That’s why they got me in here. It’s what I do."
Sure, they are in the same Division and the crowd had cranked up the atmosphere in the building, but it was still somewhat surprising to see Pierce so pumped up. There hasn't really been much of rivarly between the two teams, plus they are expected to beat them anyway. So why get so pumped up?
Perhaps the pregame headline run by the Toronto Sun is the reason, after the paper had a front-page gag which read "Raptors vs Dinosaurs." It was taking a swipe at the "veteran" Brooklyn Nets who's youngest starter(Shaun Livingston) happens to be the same age (28 years old) as the Raptors' oldest (Kyle Lowry).
The joke also included a caption which expressly targetted Pierce, as well as teammate Kevin Garnett, by saying: "Garnett and Pierce are so old, Raptor [the team mascot] had to ask his dad about them." I guess the 36-year old took exception to it and wanted to get his own back somehow. So what better way to do so than to almost single-handedly give your team a lead in the series, while silencing thousands of Toronto fans both in and outside of the Arena?
It just goes to show that no matter how old he is, The Truth can still dial it up and take care of business.
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