Call it! Call it like you see it. We all know this game can change in a blink of an eye, second shot…but so can careers.
It was all good just a week ago for D.C’s P-Double, as Washington Wizard, All-Star vet Paul Pierce was finally getting some of that previously underappreciated due for being one of the games greatest closers. Especially when it came to long, epic Playoff series’. The former Boston Celtic legend-who spent last year with Minnesota Timberwolf Kevin Garnett in Brooklyn as a Net-has been hitting so many big shots recently and winning games (even in this series against the East beast, Atlanta Hawks), people have been left wondering how many bullets are left in the seemingly forever young 37 year olds gun.
Turns out it’s one blank…truthfully speaking.
The real deal shows that after so many big games ended by this guy (genuinely so clutch in the expiration of regulation that he has spent all year writing articles about it for the Players Tribune), the only way to stop him is to wave him off. You have to hand it to P, a palm in the face just won’t do. After hitting an incredible dribble drive and slide, corner pocket three at the buzzer to tie up the game and series with the Hawks in Washington, officials waved it off as after the red of the illuminating backboard. In other terms the seams from the palm prints of Pierce was just one damn tenth of a second too late.
As Atlanta prevailed 94-91 in Game 6 and made the Wizards disappear with the flick of a referees whistle they will now meet LeBron’s Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals, NBA Champion preview. After the Cavaliers also ran over the charging, contending Chicago Bulls before an even more epic Game 7 played out. Who will play the winner of the California, Clipper and Golden State stakes is unclear until the final buzzer, but Horford, Millsap, Teague and Korver know when they come at the King they best not miss like the Truth. Because give them another second and they wouldn’t be here. The spellbinding Wizards would be instead of hitting a wall like the injury to their dear star John.
Still where will this impressive team be without their top gun next season after he told a conference of press peeps that he wasn’t sure how much he had left in the tank? Drained in “body, mind and spirit”. If this is the jersey rising moment of number 34 then the sure shot for the Hall will always be famous for being a Celtic and one of Boston’s Bird and Bill best. But, still after the last year in the B.K. that just didn’t seem right, Pierce found a second wind and 14.6 per every half hour of play in a curtain call with a team that fit like his former teammate K.G’s own closing chapter.
Yet you could see how hurt he was after he walked off court and struggled to salute in probably the most emotionally crushing defeat of his career. Especially after all he’s been through to get to this disqualified point. Now he knows all too well how it feels to be on the wrong end of the way the ball falls. The losing side. Still at least one of the games greatest winners didn’t actually miss. But now as they wave him off lets hope truthfully speaking Paul Pierce isn’t waving goodbye too.