Paul Pierce: 'Any team without Paul Pierce misses him'

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Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have been through a lot together, going to two NBA Finals together and winning a title in 2008 before playing together for the Brooklyn Nets last year.

Now, they are playing each other for the first time since early 2007 when the Washington Wizards meet the Nets on Friday night.


That might be the main drama for a matchup between the Wizards (27-12), holders of the second-best record in the Eastern Conference, and the Nets (16-23).

Leave it to Pierce, one of the league's best trash talkers, to rile up the crowd for what shouldn't be that interesting of a game.

"Any team without Paul Pierce misses him. Period," Pierce told

"It should be fun," Garnett added. "I told him last night - we went to dinner - 'Man, I hope I don't pass you the ball.' It's always good to see him in good health. Health is everything in this league. He's playing well. His team is playing well. We've got a big challenge in front of us."

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Trade falls through

Pierce isn't wrong, the Nets are in a bad spot. Especially after the Charlotte Observer reported that a three-way deal the Nets were considering fell through.

The deal would have put Kendrick Perkins and Lance Stephenson in Nets uniforms while Brook Lopez would be traded.

The team is also discussing trading for Thaddeus Young from the Timberwolves. The Wolves, apparently, are willing to go along with a deal of that nature.

Looking back

Pierce wanted no part of discussing Garnett's recent incident with Dwight Howard, which netted Garnett a one-game suspension.

But he did make it clear the two are competitive with each other along with being friends.

"It's gonna seem weird, I guess. We've been on the same team for the last seven, eight years. We had a chance to sit down and talk last night, but we understand that it is what it is. He's there, I'm here. At the end of the day we're facing each other.

"I just hope he doesn't hit me with one of those illegal screens like he usually does with these other guys," Pierce joked.

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