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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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Pierce's Game-Tying Three Called Off, Hawks Advance to Conference Finals

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Once again the game was close, and once again Paul Pierce hit a clutch shot, only this time it was just a little late.

With time running out, Pierce hit a corner 3-pointer in two players' faces while falling backwards, only to have it overturned by the referees when the review showed Pierce let go of the ball just after the clock hit zeros. It was a big call because it meant the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Washington Wizards 94-91 in Game 6 of their second-round playoff series, advancing them to the Eastern Conference finals.

Pierce probably wouldn't have even had a chance at shooting a game-tying 3-pointer if Al Horford hadn't missed one of his two free throws, failing to make it a two-possession game with 6.4 seconds left. That allowed the Wizards to call a timeout and inbound the pass on the Hawks' side of the court.

John Wall ended up with the ball but couldn't figure out what to do, so he shuffled it to Pierce in the corner, who stepped back and drilled the shot. Pierce put his hands up in celebration before the refs went to the replay screen and overturned the call.

Pierce had previously won Game 3 on a 21-foot buzzer-beater and gave the Wizards a one-point lead in Game 5 when he hit a 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds remaining.

The Hawks were led by DeMarre Carroll, who scored a career playoff high 25 points. They have won three straight to advance to their first conference final since the 1970-71 season.

Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final is Wednesday in Atlanta. The Hawks will take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Wittman Anticipates Wall Will Play in Game 6

NBA via Washington Wizards(WASHINGTON) -- Washington Wizards guard John Wall's injured left hand did not swell up after playing in Game 5, according to team head coach Randy Wittman.

"He'll get checked again later with our doctors," Wittman said on a conference call Thursday afternoon, "Just to make sure everything is where it is supposed to be. After the game, everything looked good in terms of no swelling. That was a good sign."

Wittman continued, "Right now I am anticipating that he will be able to play (in Game 6)."
Wall, who has five non-displaced fractures in his left wrist/hand, missed three games before returning to the court Wednesday night and putting up 15 points, seven assists, four rebounds, and four steals.

Despite Wall's performance, the Wizards lost the game when center Al Horford scored with 1.9 seconds remaining to give the Atlanta Hawks an 82-81 victory and a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Game 6 is Friday in Washington. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 5/13/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semi-Finals – Game 5: Atlanta Hawks 82 – Washington Wizards 81 (Hawks lead series, 3-2)

Western Conference Semi-Finals - Game 5: Golden State Warriors 98 - Memphis Grizzlies 78 (Warriors lead series, 3-2)

NHL Playoffs – Eastern Conference Second Round – Game 7: New York Rangers 2 – Washington Capitals 1 OT

MLB: Texas Rangers 5 (15-19) – Kansas City Royals 2 (21-13)

Tampa Bay Rays 3 (19-16) – New York Yankees 2 (21-14)

Minnesota Twins 6 (19-15) – Detroit Tigers 2 (20-14)

Baltimore Orioles 6 (15-17) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (17-18)

Chicago Cubs 2 (18-15) – New York Mets 1 (20-14)

Cleveland Indians 2 (12-20) – St. Louis Cardinals 0 (23-10)

Cincinnati Reds 5 (17-17) – Atlanta Braves 1 (15-19)

Boston Red Sox 2 (16-18) – Oakland Athletics 0 (13-23)

Philadelphia Phillies 3 (12-23) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (17-17)

Washington Nationals 9 (19-16) – Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (15-18)

San Diego Padres 4 (18-17) – Seattle Mariners 2 (15-18)

Houston Astros 4 (21-13) – San Francisco Giants 3 (17-17)

Chicago White Sox 4 (14-17) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (12-23)

Miami Marlins 5 (16-19) – Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (22-11)

Los Angeles Angels 2 (17-17) – Colorado Rockies 1 (11-19)


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Scoreboard Roundup - 5/11/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Baltimore Orioles 5 (14-16) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (16-17)

New York Yankees 11 (21-12) – Tampa Bay Rays 5 (17-16)

Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (16-16) – Philadelphia Phillies 3 (11-22)

Milwaukee Brewers 10 (12-21) – Chicago White Sox 7 (12-17)

Chicago Cubs 4 (16-15) - New York Mets 3 (20-12) 

Texas Rangers 8 (14-18) - Kansas City Royals 2 (20-12)

Washington Nationals 11 (18-15) - Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (14-17)

Atlanta Braves 2 (15-17) - Cincinnati Reds 1 (15-17)

Los Angeles Dodgers 5 (21-10) - Miami Marlins 3 (15-18)

Boston Red Sox 5 (15-17) - Oakland Athletics 4 (12-22) (F/11)

NBA Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semifinals – Game 4: Atlanta Hawks 106 – Washington Wizards 101 (Series tied at 2-2)

Golden State Warriors 101 - Memphis Grizzlies - 84 (Series Tied 2-2)

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Pierce Once Again Proves He's "The Truth," Nails Buzzer-Beater to Lift Wizards

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Washington Wizards may not have had John Wall, but thankfully for them, they had Paul Pierce.

Pierce banked in a buzzer-beating 21-foot jumper with two guys in his face to give the Wizards a 103-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Saturday.

The Wizards now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.

Pierce, who is nicknamed "The Truth," was asked by ESPN after the game if he called "bank" on his game-winner, to which Pierce replied, "I called game."

Despite the enjoyment the Wizards' fans must have gotten from the shot, the game probably should have never came down to that. Washington held a 19-point lead heading into the fourth quarter but Atlanta went on a 17-0 run to cut its deficit to three with 3:12 remaining. The Hawks then tied the game with 14.1 seconds left when Mike Muscala hit a 3-pointer to make the score 101-101.

The Wizards played without star guard John Wall for the second straight game due to a broken left hand. Otto Porter Jr. picked up the slack by scoring 17 points, grabbing nine boards and dishing out four assists. Bradley Beal and Nene Hilario each had 17 points as well.

Game 4 of the series is Monday night in Washington.

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Hawks Beat Wizards, Tie Series at 1

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Right before tipoff, Wizards point guard John Wall was a scratch from Game 2 in Atlanta. The Hawks took advantage, defeating Washington 106-90, tying the series at one game apiece.

DeMarre Carroll scored 22 points, and Al Horford made some huge plays late in the game when the Hawks needed it most.

"We knew this was a game we had to win," Carroll said. "It was kind of a funky game."

Atlanta fell in Game 1, but the Hawks caught a huge break when the Wizards announced just before the game that Wall wouldn't play because of a sprained left wrist.

Ramon Sessions did a great job filling in for Wall, leading the Wizards with 21 points.

The series will shift to Washington for Game 3 on Saturday.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 5/5/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA – Eastern Conference Semifinals – Game 2: Atlanta Hawks 106 – Washington Wizards 90 (Series tied at 1-1)

Memphis Grizzlies 97 – Golden State Warriors 90 (Series tied at 1-1)

NHL – Western Conference Second Round – Game 3: Chicago Blackhawks 1 – Minnesota Wild 0 (Chicago leads series 3-0)

Calgary Flames 4 – Anaheim Ducks 3 *F/OT (Anaheim leads series 2-1)

MLB: New York Yankees 6 (17-10) – Toronto Blue Jays 3 (13-15)

Boston Red Sox 2 (13-14) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (14-13)

Miami Marlins 2 (13-14) – Washington Nationals 1 (13-15)

Chicago White Sox 5 (9-14) – Detroit Tigers 2 (17-10)

Kansas City Royals 5 (17-9) – Cleveland Indians 3 (9-16)

Cincinnati Reds 7 (13-13) – Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (12-14)

Texas Rangers 7 (10-16) – Houston Astros 1 (18-9)

Atlanta Braves 9 (13-14) – Philadelphia Phillies 0 (10-18)

Oakland Athletics 2 (12-16) – Minnesota Twins 1 (14-13)

New York Mets 3 (17-10) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (12-12)

Arizona Diamondbacks (10-14) @ Colorado Rockies (11-13) (postponed)

Anaheim Angels 5 (12-15) – Seattle Mariners 4 (11-16)

San Francisco Giants 6 (14-13) – San Diego Padres 0 (14-14)

St. Louis Cardinals 7 (20-6) – Chicago Cubs 4 (13-12)

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (17-9) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (8-19)

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Wizards Take Game 1 in Atlanta, 104-98

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Bradley Beal scored 28 points and the Washington Wizards moved to 5-0 in the postseason with a 104-98 win over the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday afternoon.

Trailing by two entering the fourth quarter, the Wizards wore down the Hawks in the final period. Otto Porter scored a couple of big baskets and Marcin Gortat sealed the deal with a lay-in off a pass from John Wall with 14 seconds remaining in the game.

The Hawks needed six games to beat Brooklyn in the first round and after leading 37-26 after the first quarter against Washington, Atlanta couldn't make anything in the fourth.

Atlanta had tons of good looks in the fourth, but managed to shoot just 5-of-28 during the home stretch.

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Hawks Eliminate Nets, Advance to Take on Washington

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Atlanta Hawks outscored the Brooklyn Nets by 20 points in the third quarter en route to a 111-87 Game 6, series-clinching win Friday night at Barclays Center.

Paul Millsap had 25 points, nine rebounds, and six assists to lead the No. 1 seeded Hawks to the Eastern Conference semifinals where they'll face the Washington Wizards.

Kyle Korver hit six 3-pointers and scored 20 points for a Hawks team that shot over 50 percent from the field for the game.

Brook Lopez led the Nets with 19 points and seven rebounds in the loss.

Game 1 of the Hawks' series against the Wizards is Sunday in Atlanta.

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