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2010 NBA Finals: Celtics' Paul Pierce May Be Right After All

Bob Warja@@bobwarjaSenior Writer IJune 9, 2010

BOSTON - JUNE 08:  Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics looks on late in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Three of the 2010 NBA Finals on June 8, 2010 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Lakers won 91-84. 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 Elsa/Getty Images)
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When the Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce shouted his now infamous quote following Game Two, many laughed as the Celtics dropped Game 3 to the Los Angeles Lakers.

But hey, why laugh? In fact, Pierce may turn out to be a prognosticator of sorts. This series may not be coming back to LA.

But not for the reasons that Pierce undoubtedly meant.

No, it’s not because the Celtics were going home to sweep the remaining games of the series, and topple the mighty Lakers before they had a chance to go back to the Staples Center. 

Instead, it may be the Lakers who end this series in Boston. Such irony!

Yet, this hasn’t stopped the Celtics from running their mouths. Celtics coach Doc Rivers even got into the act, saying that the Lakers Derek Fisher is a “flopper.”

Look, it's not good to poke the bear. 

It's fine to be confident. The 1985 Chicago Bears did a now infamous video proclaiming them as Super Bowl champs even before the playoffs started.

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But you have to back up your words with actions. And 36 percent shooting by Pierce simply does not do that. 

Trash talk notwithstanding, the Game Three loss for Boston does not bode well for them taking the series, at least according to ESPN.com’s Chris Sheridan:

“Since the Finals went to a 2-3-2 format in 1985, there have been 10 previous instances of a series being tied 1-1," wrote Sheridan. "In all 10 cases, the Game Three winner went on to win the title. If you go back even deeper into the history books, the Game Three winner of a series that was tied 1-1 has gone on to win the Finals 28-of-32 times.”

If the Celtics are going to win this series, they need more consistent play from Ray Allen, who went from deadly accurate, to just plain dead over two nights, and Rajon Rondo needs to get his act together at the free throw line, among other things.

At least recent history is on Boston’s side. They recovered from their worst home playoff loss in history when they beat Cleveland following that Game Three debacle in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

If not, then Pierce may turn out to be Nostradamus after all