Previewing Game 4: It's Time For Paul Pierce To Put Up Or Shut Up

James WongCorrespondent IJune 9, 2010

I've always had a love-hate relationship when it comes to Paul Pierce. Before I get started let me point out that I'm not a Boston Celtics fan or a Los Angeles Lakers fan. I'm actually a Miami Heat fan, but I'll save my articles about how the Heat are going to contend next season till after the Finals is over. 

What I love about Paul Pierce is his loyalty and his willingness to take and make big shots. Pierce is one of the rare players in the NBA who delivers on the big stage, even when you know he's going to that patented step-back jumper time and time again. The fact that he never gave up on the Celtics organisation and stuck around till help came is also something I admire, and Cleveland's Mr. James should take a leaf out of his book. 

With all that aside I still can't help but despise Pierce for constantly running his mouth. To have confidence is one thing, but to make outrageous claims and not be able to back them up is arrogant and foolish. At the end of the day the public and media will slaughter you if your claims are not substantiated; and most of the time Pierce's aren't. 

This article is just one such example of the crucifixion Pierce is going to receive following his "We ain't coming back to L.A.!" outburst. 

I'm not even going to bring up the fact that this has been consistent ever since the Celtics became a winning organisation. I'm not going to mention Pierce's claim that he was the "best player in the world" following the 2008 Finals, or the twitter that said "Anyone got a BROOM?" in relation to the prospect of Boston sweeping Orlando in the Eastern Conference Finals. 

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Settle down, settle down Boston fans. I know you're going to say his twitter account was "hacked", but even if it was it's not like the arrogance of that statement is unlike other statements of the same magnitude which were made by him.

With all that aside the bottom line is this: The Lakers are up 2-1 against the Celtics, so it's time for Pierce to put his money where his mouth is. 

His only good game this series came in a drubbing of the Celtics and despite a Boston win last game, his two-of-eleven shooting and ten points in forty minutes were terrible. After emphatically proclaiming that the Celtics would close the series out at home he then proceeded to disappear for three-quarters of tonight's game which resulted in a loss for the team. 

Like I said earlier, I have a love-hate relationship with Paul Pierce. Right now I hate his arrogance on the back of consecutive terrible games. When your nickname is "The Truth" , it's blasphemous to speak words which are blatant lies. 

It's time for Pierce to put his money where his mouth is, or shut his mouth altogether. 


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