The Heat Can’t Handle the Truth
Many years ago in 2001, a man named Shaquille O’Neal was playing the Boston Celtics as a member of his soon to be Champion LA Lakers. After finishing off what was a 112-107 victory over the Celtics, Shaq pulled a Boston reporter over to him during the post games interviews and said, “My name is Shaquille O’Neal and Paul Pierce is the fucking truth. Quote me on that and don’t take nothing out. I knew he could play, but I didn’t know he could play like this. Paul Pierce is the truth.” Hence the nickname “The Truth” was born and has stuck through the 10-time NBA all-stars career. Last night was just another indication of why Shaq believed his statement to be true. In a 1 point game with just under a minute to play and the shot clock winding down, Pierce pulled up for a 3-pointer over James and drained it.
When James saw that ball caress the nylon as it went through the hoop, the look on his face was priceless. It was as if he had never seen a clutch fourth quarter shot go through the net before. Last night’s 94-90 Boston victory over the Heat was a backbreaking one for the Miami faithful. How can a team that just over a year ago promised all of its fans not 1, not 2, not 3, not 7…championships but more, be one game away from being eliminated from the playoffs in the Eastern Conference Finals? How can a player who had 30 points and 13 rebounds look like he was a role player throughout the fourth quarter of a game 5 where the series is tied 2-2? How could a team that was down 2-0 in a series and had all the critics writing them off for their age and their opponents talents, be on the verge of their 3rd Finals appearance in 4 years? The answer to all of these questions is simple. The Boston Celtics veterans are clutch and Lebron James is not.
This series is heading back to Boston on Thursday night and it should be a great one. Check out the highlights of last night’s game and see what the difference between a great player and a great player that is clutch is.