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Paul Pierce and Jason Terry Sound Off on Miami Heat's Streak

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 8: Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics reacts after teammate Jason Terry #4 of the Boston Celtics made his two free-throws in the final minute of overtime against the Atlanta Hawks during the game on March 8, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Grant HughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistJanuary 3, 2017

Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and the Boston Celtics aren't all that psyched about the Miami Heat's winning streak. But what would you expect from a group of salty, old vets?

According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN, Pierce said of Miami's run, "I really don't even care. I hope they lose every game the rest of the season. I just worry about what this team does."

Pierce isn't just being a cranky conference rival, though.

The Heat have knocked the Celtics out of the playoffs in each of the past two years, so this streak probably irks Pierce a bit more than one by, say, the Chicago Bulls or Indiana Pacers might.

Besides the sting of seeing a team like the Heat—a team that has had Boston's number over the past couple of seasons—succeed, there's probably a little extra vitriol because Pierce and the Celtics represent the league's old guard. As Boston enters its twilight, Miami is hotter than the mid-day sun.

Maybe that burns Pierce and his teammates a bit, too.

Terry's comments carried a similarly disinterested quality. Per Forsberg, he said: "Not really impressed with it or anything that they do."

Though he's new in Boston, Terry still probably has some ill will toward the Heat. His old club, the Dallas Mavericks, played in a heated NBA Finals series with Miami two years ago.

Just as a little thought exercise, what if the Heat really did lose the rest of their games this season? Well, that would leave Miami with a final record of 49-33, which means the Celtics (currently 35-29) would have to go 15-3 the rest of the way to pass the Heat in the Eastern Conference standings.

Maybe the grim reality of those numbers has gotten to Pierce.

Obviously, there's no way the Heat will appease Pierce and the Celtics by losing the rest of their games. But it's also pretty unlikely that they'll win each of their final 19 contests, either. In fact, with the Milwaukee Bucks in town on March 15, there's a slim chance the run could end at 20.

For some reason, Milwaukee has played the Heat pretty well this season. On November 21, Miami needed overtime to secure a 113-106 victory. And on December 29, the Bucks blew the Heat out by a final score of 104-85.

Of course, since that December 29 game, Miami has gone 28-6. So the Bucks will be in for a fight with a different animal this time around.

If you could peer into Pierce's and Terry's thoughts, you'd probably find that they'd prefer the Celtics to be the team to end Miami's streak, though.

Boston will get that chance on March 18 at home. Having already taken one game from the Heat this year, the Celtics should be pretty confident if Miami comes to town having won 22 straight by then.

The Celtics can say they don't care about the Heat's streak, but you can bet they care an awful lot about ending it.

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