In previous articles, I criticised Paul Pierce's attitude in this playoff series and even discussed some of the factors that might be behind what I believe had been his lack of will to win.
As you may have noticed, I did not present my arguments innocently. I was careful enough to do so in a way that, no matter what the outcome of Game 5 was going to be, I would always be right.
I'm glad that I can add happiness to the joy of being right.
You see, either Pierce was going to play (again) like he didn't care, or he was going to change his attitude and assume the leadership role that is his by merit.
Thirty seconds into the game, I was certain he had chosen the latter. When the final buzzer sounded, I was truly glad he had somehow managed to keep will until the end.
In yet another game where not all of the Celtics' starting five were able to deliver what was expected (this time it was Ray Allen again, albeit due to foul trouble), and where each and every one of the Bulls players were consistent with that same benchmark, Pierce's performance assumed a paramount importance.
In light of what has been happening on the court, one could argue that this series is still up for grabs.
In my opinion, as long as none of the Celtics players goes significantly out of his current form and Paul Pierce keeps that smile (see photo), Celtics fans will continue to believe this team can still make dreams come true.