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Paul Pierce Considering Retirement

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(WASHINGTON) -- After one second ended the Wizards season, at 37-years-old Paul Pierce is considering ending his career.

Pierce fired up a three pointer Friday night that would have tied the game against Atlanta at 94. It was initially ruled good, but after review it was determined that he initiated the shot after the game clock had expired. 

"I haven't really thought about it," Pierce said after the Wizards were eliminated 4-2 by the Hawks. "I don't even know if I am going to play basketball anymore. These seasons get harder and harder every year, every day. Summers get even harder when you start getting back in shape. I'm 37 years old. I'm top two or three oldest in the league."

Pierce, a 17 year veteran who has played with the Celtics, Nets and Wizards won a championship with Boston in 2008

"Truthfully, what was going through my mind, I don't have too much more of these efforts left, if any," Pierce said. "These rides throughout the NBA season and throughout the playoffs are very emotional. They take a lot, not only out of your body, but your mind, your spirit.

"They are very emotional. It affects not only you but the people around you on days like this. You go home and you are around your family and you don't feel like talking to them or doing anything because of what the game does -- it takes a bite out of you. I don't think a lot of people understand that. ... It affects the people around you."

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