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Over the past couple days, there has been some controversy as to the comments of Celtics captain Paul Pierce. It all started with his on court post-game interview after Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Magic. When watching the video (below) notice he winks multiple times, once after saying, "We're coming home to close it out," and on the way into the tunnel, he yells to the Oralndo fans in the Amway Arena, "SEE YA'LL NEXT YEAR!"  

Personally I don't make much of that. The guy just finished beating the Magic in a down to the wire game and surely still had the adrenaline rushing through him.

However, after the game, the following tweet(message) appeared on Pierce's Twitter account, "Anybody got a BROOM?" Paul, as well as Athlete Interactive, the company that handles Pierce's media image,  released statements that the tweet was from someone who hacked into his account. Although the message appears to be fake, that is not the approach Boston should have going back home for Games 3 and 4.

The Magic are a very good team, but they are currently not playing up to their potential. Stupid things like this, statements that undoubtedly get hung up in the Orlando locker room, are motivation for them to come together and make a run against the Celts. Dwight Howard didn't seem too concerned by the controversial tweet. He avoided sparking the drama and media frenzy too much, responding, "Am I supposed to have a comment on that? No, they only won two games. I mean, they can write what they want. But we're going to stay humble and stay focused. Pride comes before a fall, just know that."

Coach Doc Rivers was very displeased with Pierce's comments and had this to say on the matter, "I don't mind the confidence part, that's good, you gotta have confidence. But we want to be humble; we haven't achieved anything. I think that's what he was trying to say, just came out at the end. I wish they had taken the mike away after the last couple of words. Up until then, he was pretty good. We do have to go home and our fans will help us, but we gotta do it on the floor."

The key point in Doc's statement in my opinion is not settling. Pierce and company can't be happy with winning two games against the Magic. Heck even if they do sweep them they need to stay hungry because Eastern Conference Champions is not the goal they set out for at the start of the season.

This year, KG, Pierce, Ray, and the rest of the Celtics know its NBA Champs or bust.

Stephen Bailey 5/20/2010 09:25:00 PM Edit
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6 Responses so far.

  1. JR says:

    Hey I was super excited at the win myself, so I can't blame Pierce for being either. I'm impressed often how professional players are. We always hear when they're not, but its a super intense profession and they do a good job most of the time.

  2. rondo-is-love says:

    I didn't think too much of his comments on the court after the game because as JR stated, he probably had a ton of adrenaline pumping through his body after winning that particular game.

    I honestly thought that tweet was definitely over-the-top, considering what probably drove Orlando to do so well this year was for a chance to redeem themselves in another Finals appearance, clearly showing they've got a ton of pride. I was skeptical at first when I heard about Pierce & his reps denying it was him, but after they looked further into it, they said the tweets came from somewhere in Michigan so I firmly do believe that it wasn't him.

  3. Bailey says:

    Agree completely RIL. Also, the tweet was supposedly sent while Paul was on the podium giving an interview. So he couldn't have posted it.

  4. Jenda says:

    Many people said they've seen him at the very moment he was supposed to send that tweet and that he wasn't holding phone or any similar device at the moment.

  5. Conquistador says:

    I think this has been blown a bit out of proportion. Was it unprofessional? Maybe, probably. Was it a good idea to say any of it? Doubtful. That being said I don't think those comments are indicative of being overconfident. I think it was just adrenaline and him being happy they won, I'm sure he regrets the whole ordeal.

    If anything maybe it gave Doc some more fodder to shove at them to remind them they still have two more games to win.

  6. tragik says:

    I honestly took it as a bit of a low blow about the Bruins, but more like a promise to not let the fans at the Garden down (again).

    The tweet added to the 'overconfident' aspect of it though, but without the tweet, we wouldn't even be talking about it, i don't think.

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