With the Boston Celtics desperately needing a win and the likes of point guard Rajon Rondo and shooting guard Ray Allen not in uniform, the odds were stacked against the Celtics heading into Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.
Yet Celtics superstar Paul Pierce did what he's done so many times in the past and that's put the Celtics on his back and carry them to a big win; scoring 36 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the Celtics' 87-80 victory.
Pierce reminded us with that effort that he's still one of the clutch superstars in the NBA today.
He also reminded everyone that NBA players have a lot of growing up to do.
With 1:15 to go, Pierce drilled two free throws to get Boston up by seven, practically icing the game. Pierce took the occasion to backpedal to half court and bend down on one knee, “Tebowing” over the Hawks' logo.
It's not enough to have a great performance and act like you've been there before? Taking the time to show up the opposition seems to take a bigger priority than anything he did on the court.
Did Pierce deserve to celebrate? Absolutely. He was fantastic. But celebrate with your teammates, they were also a big part of the win.
Pierce's "Tebowing," session wasn't terrible as we've seen other athletes in other sports do the same, but it was just another attempt for an NBA player to draw attention to himself as an individual. While I'm not the biggest Tim Tebow fan in the world, it's also a slap in the face to a guy who takes his beliefs seriously.
I've never thought of Pierce as that type of player, but it's a trend in the NBA that stars have to draw attention to the individual instead of the team. Nevertheless, he is a bit over dramatic. The wheelchair incident during the 2008 NBA Finals was attention grabbing enough.
It's just a case of young players coming into the league at way too young of an age. The NBA has a problem of plenty of players who refuse to grow up.
I wouldn't put Pierce in that class, but as a veteran he should know better and act like he's been there before.
Sometimes it's never too late to start to grow up.