2008. What a magical year. The Celtics FINALLY ended their championship drought and took it all. And, of course, they did it against the hated Lakers. It's always epic when we can get a win over them, especially when they come into a series so cocky.
The Celtics, still led by Paul Pierce, who was almost traded the previous summer, would have none of that. Now with Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, and a deep, talented bench, the C's were ready to bring the O'Brien Trophy back to TD Garden.
And Paul Pierce looked like he might not compete for the title.
In Game One of the Finals, Paul Pierce took a hard fall and appeared to badly injure his knee. The Garden fell silent as Pierce was carried off the court and wheeled away to the locker-room. It appeared that Boston would have to endure a hard Finals without their longtime leader.
But, as I said, it only appeared that way.
Within minutes, TV cameras cut to footage of Paul Pierce on his feet and walking down the tunnel to return to action. The Garden came alive as The Truth returned to set the Celtics free from the Purple and Gold Tyranny.
Pierce proceeded to hit three straight three-pointers, including one as he was going out of bounds, drawing the foul (which he made to complete the rare four-point play).
The intensity that Pierce showed in this game, as well as the rest of the Finals, let us know that even after ten years, he could still lead a team to glory.