The Boston Celtics got some bad news heading into game four of this opening round of the NBA playoffs. During the morning shoot around, leading scorer Paul Pierce suffered a knee injury and would be a game time decision. Having followed Paul Pierce’s career since his first year in this league, I knew short of a life threatening situation, Pierce was going to be playing in this game. The real question in this situation was how effective would Pierce be? Pierce has had some foot and leg problems in the past that changed the way he played and made him very ineffective. Pierce would answer the question of how effective he would be early and often as he torched the Hawks to help Boston win in very convincing fashion with a 101 to 79 victory.
Paul Pierce was the muscle behind the Boston attack last night that buried the Hawks. Pierce hit shot after jump shot as he abused the Hawks defense that failed to properly rotate. Pierce would carry the hot shooting into the second half as he buried a few threes that just ended any hope of Atlanta making a second half comeback.
The impressive stats do not lie in telling Pierce’s game four story. If one was to say Pierce was in the “zone” they might be understating how hot he was in game four. Pierce scored 24 points in only 17 minutes of work. He shot 10-13 including 4-6 from long range.
Paul Pierce has taken a lot of flack in his career around Boston for a lot of reasons. I just hope those same critics realize how great a scorer Pierce truly is and appreciate the series this guy is having. This guy in the last three games has carried the Boston offense to victory. He has had some amazing games like game two and this game four. Not even an injury could stop Paul Pierce right now. Since Pierce’s body cannot stop Paul Pierce, Boston is primed for a deep playoff run. Remember Go Green Or Go Home!!!!!!!!!