“We gave them everything they wanted – 50 points in the paint,  offensive rebounds,” said Pierce. “We were a soft team tonight.”
His teammates probably didn’t like hearing it. No one enjoys being put on blast, but the truth – no pun intended – hurts.
As the game dwindled down to the final few minutes, the Nets were torched time in and time out. Entering Game 3, Brooklyn should be thankful that someone called out their poor effort and execution down the stretch of the previous contest, and they should be even more thankful that the person to do it was Pierce.
To this day, Pierce is still a leading voice in the locker room. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson are also figures whose opinions are huge in Brooklyn, but because of their championship experience and Hall of Fame pedigrees, Pierce and Kevin Garnett are the players who will inevitably have the biggest impact on how the team responds moving forward.
Because Pierce wasn’t afraid to hold the entire team accountable, the necessary changes to ensure this won’t happen again will undoubtedly be made. Toughness on the defensive end is a must if a team wants to make it anywhere in the playoffs. Pierce knows this, as well as anyone still playing these days.
Sometimes, it’s not about what is said, but rather who was willing to say it.