If we know one thing, it’ll be that no other player will ever wear # 34 in red or green again. Pierce and Ortiz both dawned the number and left a legacy behind them in this great sports town. So here we breakdown #34’s greatest moments in green:
# 5: Pierce passes Larry Bird for 2nd All Time Leading scorer in Celtics history
Anytime you pass Larry Legend in anything, you know you had a successful career, and what better play to do it on than the famous Rondo drive kick out to a wide open Pierce for a 3.
#4: Pierce drops the dagger banging a 3 right in LeBron’s face
LeBron James has been the best player in the universe for over a decade now but Pierce always brought his “A” game vs the King, and came out on top more times than not. What’s better than wetting a deep three in the Kings face? Nothing.
#3: Pierce drops 41 on LeBron in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semi Finals
The first great meeting between these two greats, this time Pierce upends LeBron dropping 41 points on him in a crucial Game 7 victory on the way to Boston’s NBA title in 2008.
#2: Pierce talks shit, calls Iso, bangs a three in Al Harrington’s face
Paul Pierce is one of the only guys that can talk shit and actually back it up. This goes way back to 2002 when him and Harrington went at it all game long. Pierce finally gets the final laugh creating one of the best highlights in his legendary career after banging a three in Harrington’s face.
#1: Pierce returns from bad injury in Game 1 leads Celtics to title and Finals MVP
Pierce time and time again showed that he was the ultimate competitor. Sure his loyalty to the team, even through the dark days of the early 2000’s stick out, but moments like these show how great he was. Bad ankle injury in game one and came back and dominated the series on his way to Finals MVP.