5 unforgettable moments from Paul Pierce’s Celtics career
On Monday, Paul Pierce signed his final contract with Boston so he could end his career as a Celtic. Pierce was drafted by the Celtics in 1998 and was with the organization for the first 15 years of his NBA career. During his time with the Celtics, he captured an NBA championship, finals MVP, among other notable awards. Pierce brought championships back to Boston and provided memories that will be remembered in the years to come.
Here are five unforgettable moments from his career with the Celtics.
Game 1 of the 2008 NBA Finals
Pierce was carried off the court by teammates and brought back to the locker room after a hard fall in Game 1 of the 2008 NBA finals against the Lakers. He was taken off the parquet floor by a wheelchair with 6:49 left on the clock in the third quarter, but managed to take the court again with 5:09 still remaining in the third. Pierce ended the game with 22 points and four rebounds after shooting 70 percent from the field and 75 percent from three-point range.
On March 13, 2001 when the Celtics played the Lakers in LA, Pierce dropped 42 points against the defending NBA champions. He went 13-for-19 from the field and 3-for-7 from behind the arc despite losing 112-107. After the game, Shaquille O’Neal got the attention of a reporter.
“Take this down,” O’Neal told Bulpett, according to NBAPA.com. “My name is Shaquille O’Neal and Paul Pierce is the [expletive] truth. Quote me on that and don’t take nothing out. I knew he could play, but I didn’t know he could play like this. “Paul Pierce is the truth.” T
he nickname stuck as one of the greatest gestures of appreciation that one could receive in the league.
2008 MVP Trophy
On October 28, 2008, the Celtics were awarded their 17th NBA championship trophy by then NBA commissioner David Stern after having the worst record in the Eastern Conference the season before going 24-58. They defeated the Lakers in the NBA finals, 4-2, and in the final game at Boston, which they won 131-92, Pierce had 10 assists. During his 10th year in the NBA, Pierce secured the finals MVP award. In the NBA Finals, he averaged 21.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds.
The 41-point quarter comeback against the Nets
Pierce alongside Antoine Walker found themselves down 21 points to the Nets going into the fourth quarter of Game 3 in the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics went on to outscore the Nets 41-16 in the fourth quarter to win the game by four points, despite losing the series in the end. Pierce had 28 points, five rebounds and four assists. He shot the ball poorly at just 38.1 percent from the field and went 0-for-5 from three-point range, but was able to knock down 12 of 15 free throws. Walker exploded for 23 points, 12 rebounds and four assists.
One last time
Pierce was with the Clippers under former Celtics coach Doc Rivers from 2015 through the 2017 season and on February 5, 2017 with 19 seconds left on the clock, Pierce stepped on the parquet floor for the final time after playing for the organization for 15 years. Trailing down the middle of the court, he stepped into and sunk a three-pointer for his final field goal at the TD Garden. With 11 seconds left on the clock, he held his follow through as he walked back to the other end of the court and proceeded waved to all of the fans and soak in the final moments of his NBA carreer in Boston.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog