Paul Pierce yelled “that’s why I’m here” after hitting a 3-point dagger at the end of game 3 vs the Raptors in the 1st round. He called “game” after hitting a game-winner in game 3 vs the Wizards. He called “series” after hitting a go-ahead 3 in game 5 right before having his heart broken by a buzzer beating game-winner by Al Horford. Now the truth is considering calling it quits after the Wizards were eliminated on Friday night after he had his heart broken for the 3rd straight game.
With 1.4 seconds left, Pierce got the ball, dribbled and made an off-balance 3 with Kyle Korver in his face at the buzzer….well, points of a second after the buzzer.
“I was about to cry,” Carroll said. “I said, ‘Not again.’ … But the basketball gods were on our side.”
“It went in and it’s just like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me. That did not just happen,'” Korver said, shaking his head. “I thought he got it off. I was getting ready for overtime. And then … you’re like, ‘Heeeeyyyy! All right! We’ll take it!”
The officials reviewed the shot, said it was no good and the series, and a possible great career, is now over.
PAUL PIERCE RETIRING?
After the game, the 37 year old Pierce, who made just 1 of 7 shots, hinted at retirement.
“I don’t even know if I’m even going to play basketball anymore,” said Pierce. “These seasons get harder and harder the older you get. It’s tough rolling out of bed every year, every day.”
We all know what he’s saying is the Truth but the truth is the game needs champions and characters like Pierce in the league, so hopefully when he rolls out of bed the next day, or days after, he decides it’s still worth it.
— Dan Worthington (@danWorthington) May 16, 2015