HoopsHype Paul Pierce rumors


April 26, 2015 Updates

Pierce has been the second-best player in the series, after John Wall, turning back the clock with 56% shooting from deep — many of them daggers and averages of 16 points and three rebounds on 56% shooting (after averaging 11.9 points on 45% shooting in the regular season). Pierce talked the talk and now has walked the walk. So does DeRozan wish he had just ignored Pierce? “Nah. Nah. It’s part of the game. Why not? Nothing would have changed,” DeRozan said before what could be Toronto’s final practice of the season on Saturday morning. Toronto Sun

April 25, 2015 Updates

Almost an hour after the Washington Wizards defeated the Toronto Raptors on Friday, Wizards forward Paul Pierce still hadn't taken that big postgame exhale. He was still pumped in the aftermath of a 106-99 victory, giving the Wizards a 3-0 series lead. "My adrenaline is through the roof right now," Pierce said. "I'm trying to come down." USA Today Sports

His personality and game has dominated the series, starting with his comments at the beginning of the series, saying Toronto didn't have that "it" factor. He scored 20 points in Game 1 and 10 in Game 2, and would not elaborate on what "it" is, though you know it when you see it. And Pierce has it. "I'm going to leave it for you guys to try and explain it and think about it and go over this small two-letter word for the rest of the series," he said. "I'm going to leave it at that." USA Today Sports

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Kendrick Perkins never ceases to be amazed by his ex-Celts captain, Paul Pierce. But as much as Pierce was his old trash-talking self during Washington’s win Saturday over Toronto, the Cavaliers center found himself wanting more. “I actually thought that they maybe should have gone to him a little more down the stretch,” Perkins said when asked about the Pierce 3-pointer that sent the game into overtime. “I don’t know if the Wizards know what kind of a killer they’ve got over there.” Boston Herald

Coach Dwane Casey scoffed at questions about Pierce winning the "psychological war." "I guess Paul has done it before, I'm sure it's been done before and he's got a championship, so I guess he's been successful at it," Casey said. "I haven't seen very many times where people talk themselves into a game ... again, if that's the way he feels, fine." The Star Phoenix

April 19, 2015 Updates

It turns out Raptors head honcho Masai Ujuri did have something to say about Paul Pierce and his remarks about it. In a nutshell, Ujuri told the crowd outside the ACC that he didn’t give a bleep about it. “Typical Ujuri,’’ said Pierce after his game-high 20 points staked visiting Washington to its overtime win in Game 1. “I heard what he said last year when I was in Brooklyn. I really couldn’t care less. I think I can play the psychological war a little better than him.” Toronto Sun

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