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Raptors Can’t Handle the Truth: Nets Win Series on Pierce’s Last-Second Block

first_imgTORONTO, CANADA – Paul “The Truth” Pierce may no longer undeniably be the premier “go-to” player when the game is on the line, but he still shows flashes of brilliance. The lifelong Celtic-now-Net did it on the defensive end, with a last-second block of Kevin Lowry, the Raptors guard who led all scorers with 28 points.Pierce, a certain future hall of famer, had a modest 10 points in the game, having spent much time in foul trouble. But as he has done so often in his illustrious career, The Truth came through when it counted most. His game-saving block gave the Nets the victory in a 104-103 squeaker.With the win, the Nets advance to Round 2 of the playoffs, taking on the two-time defending NBA champ-Miami Heat. Led by Lebron James, widely considered the top player in the league today, and Dwayne Wade, the Heat are no strangers to Pierce or his fellow Celtic expatriate Kevin Garnett, who migrated along with Pierce to Brooklyn in quest of another championship. Pierce and Garnett won their first – and to date only – title with the Celtics in 2008, their first year together and with Ray Allen. They were the original modern-day “Big Three.”Two years later, James left the Cleveland Cavaliers to join Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, forming the new – and since, the preeminent – Big Three. The Celtics came close to the big prize twice more: in 2010, when they fell short by four points in Game 7 of the Finals to their perennial rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers, and in 2012 when they lost a seven-game series to the Heat. Further adding drama to the mix, Ray Allen defected from the Celtics during that offseason, joining the Heat.Since that point, the Celtics and the Heat have continued to head in different directions. The Heat won two titles, the Celtics dismantled their team of aging legends, with Pierce and Garnett, along with Jason Terry, heading to Brooklyn.  Poised to bring a title to Brooklyn, the newly-acquired Pierce and Garnett, joining forces with younger talents Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez – and with new head coach Jason Kidd, have new life in them as they head South for Games 1 and 2 against the Heat.Though it remains statistically improbable, Pierce and Garnett – if they get past the Heat and topple the winner of the Pacers-Wizards series, might have a chance to face another person from their recent past: their old head coach, Doc Rivers, who left the Green Team for even greener pastures, as head coach of the mighty Los Angeles Clippers.Fresh off a one-man scandal perpetuated by their owner, Donald Sterling, resulting in his lifetime ban from the league and prompting celebrities from Magic Johnson to Oprah Winfrey to contemplate buying the team, Doc’s Clippers begin their own second round, in the West, taking on the formidable Oklahoma City Thunder, led Kevin Durant. If James is the Beast of the East, Durant is the Best in the West.But don’t count those ex-Celtics on either coast out just yet. Their new lives, in Brooklyn and LA, have just been extended this playoff season, for at least another week and a half.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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