It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since the 2008 Celtics won game one of the NBA finals. This game was mainly remembered because this was the game that Celtics legend, Paul Pierce, had an “injury.”
Pierce has been waiting a lifetime to get to this moment and for a minute or two, it looked like it could’ve all ended for him. Half-way through the third quarter, Pierce went down awkwardly and stayed in the ground for some time. As Celtics fans held their breath for the fan favorite Pierce got carried to a wheelchair and then got wheeled into the locker room. It appeared that Pierce was in an immense amount of pain and he wouldn’t be able to return. But then a shimmer of hope appears. Not more than 2 minutes went by and Pierce jogs out from the locker room with a little pep in his step.
Pierce checked back into the game right after and sank two threes as he ended the game with 22 points, 14 of which came in the third. Which, brings a question to my mind:
How badly was this guy actually injured?
I’ve watched this play hundreds and hundreds of times and I see the same thing…… it wasn’t that bad.
This is the part where Celtics fans are going to hate me, and I’m sorry, but I have to say it. This was one of the softest things I’ve ever seen by a professional athlete, possibly ever by a Boston athlete.
I don’t understand how Celtics fans think that this play made this guy a hero because he came back literally a minute and a half later to play and he was practically fine. The man got carried off while on the verge of tears and then comes back minutes later with only a sprained knee. Yes, a sprained knee still hurts but does it cause enough pain to which he has to be carried off. I mean the guy acted like he broke both of his legs in the play. Celtics fans are too busy looking through their green and white glasses to see that any player could have done this. In fact, every single hockey player does it every year in playoffs. Patrice Bergeron played with a punctured lung, Greg Cambell finished a 2-minute shift with a broken leg and other players have played with torn ACLS. That’s real toughness.
I am not trying to take away from the fact that Pierce did get a little injured and still had a great game. Also, I’m not saying that he isn’t tough because he is. Just not in the way all the Celtic fans remember. Pierce will go down as one of the greatest Celtics in history but this sequence of plays is not something we should remember him for. We should remember him for bringing banner #17 to the garden and bringing a new wave of basketball back to Boston.
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