05/02/2012 - 11:45
Paul's Series-Changing Performance in Atlanta Has Everybody Talking
The Paul Pierce Team
Even players as decorated as Paul Pierce have games that change the way they're viewed. Last night, Paul played one of those games.
Here's what some of the Boston sportswriters are saying about his game-leading, series-changing performance against the Atlanta Hawks.
"That one immediately goes into the all-time @PaulPierce34 greatest hits collection. Future Hall of Famer. Ton of pride..." - Bill Simmons (@sportsguy33)
"Paul Pierce painted a masterpiece in Game 2 last night — part Claude Monet, part Sherwin-Williams. Ever the impressionist, the Celtics captain seemed to flow with his mood across the Philips Arena canvas, from graceful flights to power moves. Then Pierce got on a ladder, took a brush and a can of paint, and filled in the stat sheet. He went for 36 points, 14 rebounds and, alas, came within two turnovers of a triple-double to keep it interesting."
- Boston Herald
"Paul Pierce has been putting the C's on his back for 13 years! Boston takes back home court!" ESPN SportsNation (@SportsNation)
"Pierce has had a number of moments through his storied career, but this one has to rank among his all-time performances." - WEEI
"It was a performance rooted in the ménage à trois of skills, hard work and experience. Most NBA stars have some combination of the three, but few have them all in excess. The ones who do are seen as all-time greats. Perhaps it's time to cement Pierce's play in that group, if he's not there already." - SBNation
"...the pose that captured this performance from Pierce and the Celtics, came when Pierce stood at half court with the ball on one hip and his hand on the other as the final 15 seconds ticked away. He stood there, knowing what he had to do for the Celtics on this night -- knowing what the game needed for him -- and delivering it."