Last Hurrah for Pierce?

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After a thrilling Game 4 overtime victory in Boston Sunday afternoon, the Celtics survived to push their first round playoff series at least an extra game. Tonight at 7 pm, the Celtics take on the Knicks in what could very well be the final game in a Celtics uniform for Boston lifer Paul Pierce.

“The Truth” was drafted 10th overall by the Celtics in 1998 and after surviving trade requests amidst one of the worst seasons and losing streaks in NBA History, Pierce won a championship in 2008 with the Celtics and, truth is, every one thought he would retire here.

He still might, but tonight may be the last time we see his name on the back of a Boston uniform until it’s inevitably raised to the rafters.

Pierce has lost a few steps in recent years, most notably this year in his age 35 season – especially once point guard Rajon Rondo was lost for the season and Pierce was needed to shoulder the offensive loud. We love Pierce. He’s an All-Time Great Celtic. Every 20-something in New England grew up idolizing not Jordan, but Pierce. He’s the reason I even have half a fade-away in my own retired arsenal on the court, and why I’d rather tip toe through defenders than take spot up threes until the game is on the line. He says he’s not retiring yet, but it doesn’t matter. He may not be a Celtic when camp breaks in the fall.

Celtics GM Danny Ainge said last year he thought the biggest mistake the Celtics made when their original Big 3 of Larry Bird, Robert Parish, and Kevin McHale got old and their careers were winding down was not trading them while the team could still get some sort of value for them, in order to stay competitive going forward. The Celtics went from historic to laughable in a matter of months, and Ainge already has one of the worst teams in NBA history on his resume. He’s claimed he doesn’t want to do it again.

So is this the end? Experts claim Pierce has the most trade value between he and Kevin Garnett. No one really knows what KG is going to do, but he still has two years left on the contract he signed last offseason to return to Boston. Both Players wanted another shot at a title after they took the eventual champion Miami Heat to 7 games in the Eastern Conference Finals. They got it this year, but injuries and age have finally completely caught up to them.

Pierce had this to say earlier today to reporters on whether or not he might get traded this offseason:

“Truthfully, I haven’t put too much thought into it. The organization is going to do what they’re going to do. It’s nothing that’s stressing me out. That’s what it is. Every year they’ve got decision to make. Those are their decisions. I leave it to them.”

When asked about retiring, Pierce assured the media he wasn’t planning on hanging up his Nike’s just yet.

“Right now it’s year-by-year. I expect to play another year next year and then evaluate after that. I always said I wanted to end my career as a Celtic. But they are the ones (with the decision). I have a year contract for next year but it’s not guaranteed so the decision’s in their hands. But whatever decision they make, maybe, if they trade me somewhere or I end up somewhere else maybe it could be a situation where I come back for a one-day deal and retire a Celtic.”

Tonight could very well be the last time we ever see Paul Pierce in a Celtics uniform. Relish it. You’re watching the best Celtic in the last 20 years, and one of the best Celtics of all time, slowly end an incredible career in Boston. You’re watching a Hall of Famer, an NBA Champion, The Truth.

Yes, the Bruins open their playoff series tonight. The Red Sox are playing the Blue Jays on NESN +. But that can wait. Pay your respects, say a prayer, and appreciate one of the best players in NBA History and one of the better Celtics on a list of historic icons before it’s too late.

Paul Pierce is The Truth.

And truth is, we’re gonna miss him.

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Dear Celtics

Kevin Garnett

Dear Celtics,

in less than two hours, you play the New York Knicks in Game 4 of the First Round of the NBA Playoffs, at home, down 3 games to none.

You lost Friday night in Boston, the first game in Beantown since that punky kid from Cambridge decided he’d try and knock us down. What a fool. You can huff, you can puff, but you can’t knock Boston down.

Or can you?

Until Game 2 of this series, do you know how many times the Knicks had won consecutive playoff games since the turn of the century? Zero.

Until Game 2 of this series, do you know how many teams had scored 25 or less points in a half in consecutive  games EVER? Zero.

And do you know how many teams in NBA History have ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in any round of the Playoffs to win a series? You guessed it: Zero.

It’s time to make history, or be history. The choice is yours.

So before we begin, let’s take a stroll down memory lane to October 2004 and our friends over at Fenway Park. Specifically, move about 50 seconds in.

 

Dont. Let. Us. Win. Tonight.

No, you don’t have Pedey going in game 5 or Big Schill going in Game 6. You also don’t have your super-hustling rookie Jared Sullinger because of a season-ending back injury, or your superstar leader of the team in Rajon Rondo, who tore his ACL back in January. But you do have Kevin Garnett, maybe the Greatest Power Forward of All Time (with no apologies to Tim Duncan or Karl Malone – I mean it). You do have Paul Pierce, slowly cementing his legacy that will hang forever in the rafters with his number 34 jersey, already more or less retired and waiting for its owner to do the same. And, remember, anything can still happen in Game 7, should you get there.

Sure, you’re hurt. Paul is a shadow of his former self. Kevin, too. Bone spurs and ankle sprains and bad backs and years and years and miles and miles up and down a basketball court eventually catch up to you. Father Time never loses.

But the biggest injury of them all is mental; A hit to your Pride hurts the most, and that’s what you’re about to take.

Remember you’re playing for the name on the front of your jersey, and not the one on the back. Remember you’re playing the game because you love it and have since you could walk. Remember you’re playing the games for the fans, who pour out in droves to support you even on the brink of elimination in embarrassing fashion. Remember you play for this city, that needs you now more than ever. Remember you want to make history, and that this team knows more about history than any other team in the league.

Remember you are Paul Pierce. You are Kevin Garnett. You are Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee, Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, Jason Terry, Jordan Crawford, Chris Wilcox, Shavlik Randolph, Fab Melo, DJ White, and Terrence Williams.

You are the Boston Celtics.

Now get out there and play like it.

Celtics/Pacers Canceled

Celtics Canceled

The NBA Public Relations Department announced via a private Twitter account that tomorrow’s (4/16) game between the Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers at TD Garden has been canceled with no make up date due to the events that occurred in Boston at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Both teams have clinched playoff births, and the Celtics are locked into the seventh seed, where they will play the New York Knicks in the first round of the NBA Playoffs starting this weekend. The game would have no impact on the standings.

The NBA Playoff Schedule has not yet been announced, but Boston plays its final regular season game Wednesday night in Toronto against the Raptors. Celtics coach Doc Rivers has speculated that the teams will play their first game Saturday in New York, as the Rangers play at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Because the Knicks own the higher seed, the first two games of this playoff series will be played in New York, meaning at least a week will have likely passed before the Celtic take the court again at TD Garden.

Good for the NBA for getting people out of a distressed city. Remember these athletes have families as well, many of which are very far away. There’s no need to worry or burden even more people.

Celtics Recall Melo from Maine

About two hours before the bombings in Boston, the Celtics announced that they recalled rookie center Fab Melo from the Maine Red Claws, their D-League affiliate. It is unclear whether or not Melo will remain on the active playoff roster, or if he will solely serve as depth for the remainder of the regular season while Boston rests its regular players. Over his final 10 games with Maine, Melo averaged 8.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in just under 21 minutes per game.

Once again, If you’re still searching for people and victims, call: 617-635-4500. For any info on incidents, suspicious activity: 1-800-494-TIPS.

Stay home, stay safe, and pray. Tell those you love that you love them.

God Bless Boston and the messed up world we live in.

An Unfinished Philosophy Draft at 3 am Due In 6 Short Hours

I’m not God? I ride a horse and have a komodo dragon. That’s what I thought.

I’m turning this in in 8 hours. Love life.

Aquinas

OK, St. Thomas, here’s the thing: I appreciate your efforts and all, but to be honest you haven’t proved anything. Don’t get me wrong, I know what you were trying to do. Who doesn’t want to prove that God exists? I mean, the Catholic Church made you a Saint for the work you did for them. Clearly you have the right intent at heart. But it doesn’t work that way. You, I, or anyone else can try to explain or convince people of the existence of God all we want, but what it comes down to is that God is not a thing or being as we know it.

What IS God? Who is God? God? Who knows. I don’t. I know what I think He is, and what I believe. I claim to have a deep faith in God, but I don’t know what God is. No one does. God is up for interpretation, and who is to say anyone is wrong? Sure, we have the Bible. But even that is up for interpretation. Did God really create the world as we know it in 6 days, and then just chill and admire his work on the 7th? Is that even possible? If God exists why wouldn’t it be possible? The answers to all of these questions are lost, somewhere, in a place we as humans will never reach. God is not something humans can understand. If we can “understand” it, it won’t be until we die and are a part of His world. Understanding God can be compared to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. God is on the outside, in the light. But as long as we are human and stuck in our material world, He will solely remain a shadow and nothing more.

Clearly, St. Thomas Aquinas isn’t buying this. So he tries to explain it. He uses 5 main theories to try to justify, rationalize, and explain God. They are: Motion, Cause, Possibility and Necessity, Gradation, and Governance.

I fully intend on explaining these, but I went to the Celtics playoff game last night with my buddy Dan instead of writing this paper. Priorities, my friend. Seeing as I am not getting any fortunate flood days, I am on a Celtics high, running out of Mountain Dew, its 3 am, and I am WAY to excited to go home for Easter and see my all my friends and family, this is the best you’re gonna get. So you, peer evaluator, are done. Thanks for your help and putting up with my snarky, sarcastic tone towards Tom. Ya, we’re on a first name basis.

THE END.