Paul Pierce guarantees series won't return to L.A.
Celtics forward Paul Pierce has forever cast himself in Lakers lore. Minutes after being carried off the court in Boston with an injured knee, the Inglewood native returned to Game 1 of the 2008 NBA Finals to lead a Celtics run, sparking conflicting reactions among Celtics fans and Lakers fans. He danced on the bench during the final minutes of what would be a series-clinching Game 6 victory, with the Finals MVP later proclaiming that Lakers guard Kobe Bryant isn't the best player in the world. And leading up to the 2010 Finals, Pierce has suggested Boston has a more knowledgeable fan base than L.A.Well, add another event to the list. As the Celtics neared a 103-94 Game 2 NBA Finals victory Sunday over the Lakers, Pierce suggested to fans that the team would wrap up the series in Boston, saying, "We ain't coming back to L.A.!" (Video below courtesy of Ball Don't Lie's Dan Devine).
Pierce has rarely shied away from stating his desire not to return to an opponent's arena. With the Celtics leading Miami 3-1 in their first-round match-up, he made it clear he'd return to South Beach only for vacation. When Boston led 3-1 in the East semifinals over Cleveland, he reiterated the importance of closing out the series at home. And when the Celtics owned a 2-0 lead in the East finals over Orlando, Pierce told a live television audience that the team was returning home to Boston to close out the series. Additionally, Pierce's Twitter feed was apparently hacked when a tweet was sent out asking, "Anybody got a BROOM?" That caused Orlando center Dwight Howard to fire back, "Pride comes before the fall."There are probably plenty of things Lakers fans said to Pierce after his latest proclamation. Maybe they nodded in agreement, because the Lakers would play their last home game by taking all three road games and closing out the series in Boston. Maybe they wondered why Pierce talks so much when he's only shooting 33.3% from the field in the Finals. Or maybe they didn't hear him, with the supposedly unknowledgable fan base becoming too distracted with all the celebrity sightings.
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-- Mark Medina
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