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Saturday
May162015

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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Saturday
May162015

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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Sunday
May102015

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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Monday
Apr202015

NBA Fines Raptors GM Masai Ujiri $35,000 for Outburst

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Masai Ujiri's mouth has cost him again. The NBA has fined the Toronto Raptors general manager $35,000 for his expletive over the weekend geared towards Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce. The team was also fined $25,000.

"People want me to say something about Paul Pierce, but we don't give a s--- about it,'" Ujiri told a cheering crowd outside the Air Canada Centre.

Pierce had made disparaging comments about the franchise in an interview with ESPN.

Last season, Ujiri was fined $25,000 before the team's playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets for addressing a crowd using an expletive as well.

"I have the deepest respect for Commissioner [Adam] Silver and the NBA, and while showing passion for our team and fans I will choose my words more carefully in the future so as not to indicate otherwise," Ujiri said.

The Wizards defeated the Raptors in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series.


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Wednesday
Apr152015

Paul Pierce: Nets Would Have 'Folded' Without Me and KG

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce leveled some harsh criticisms toward the Brooklyn Nets and their star point guard Deron Williams in a recent interview with ESPN.com's Jackie MacMullen.

After being traded by the Celtics to the Nets, Pierce characterized his time in Brooklyn as "horrible."

"It was just the guys' attitudes there. It wasn't like we were surrounded by a bunch of young guys," he said. "They were vets who didn't want to play and didn't want to practice. I was looking around saying, 'What's this?' Kevin [Garnett] and I had to pick them up every day in practice."

"If me and Kevin weren't there, that team would have folded up. That team would have packed it in. We kept them going each and every day," he continued. 

The player that drew the most attention from Pierce was Williams.

"Before I got there, I looked at Deron as an MVP candidate,'' Pierce said. "But I felt once we got there, that's not what he wanted to be. He just didn't want that. I think a lot of the pressure got to him sometimes. This was his first time in the national spotlight. The media in Utah is not the same as the media in New York, so that can wear on some people. I think it really affected him.''

Brooklyn traded its 2014 first round pick, as well as 2016 and 2018 picks to acquire Pierce, Garnett and Jason Terry. The Nets lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Miami Heat.


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Sunday
Jul132014

Paul Pierce Joining the Wizards

Claus Andersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Paul Pierce will don new colors next season. On Saturday, the small forward signed a two-year deal worth $11 million with the Washington Wizards.

Pierce, who spent the 2013-14 season with the Brooklyn Nets, signed a contract that includes a player option for next summer. The Wizards went after Pierce once swingman Trevor Ariza signed a deal with the Houston Rockets.

The ten-time All-Atar averaged just 13.5 points per game, playing only 28 minutes per contest last year with the Nets. Pierce had also garnered interest from such teams as the Dallas Mavericks, Rockets, and Los Angeles Lakers. 

Pierce, 36, joined Brooklyn as part of a mega-trade with the Boston Celtics that included Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry.


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Thursday
May152014

Heat Advance to Eastern Conference Finals 

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) --  Don't look now, but the Miami Heat are back in the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth year in a row.

LeBron James and Dwayne Wade combined to score 57 points as the Heat rallied to defeat the Brooklyn Nets 96-94 on Wednesday night, winning their second-round matchup in five games.

"When we met the first day for prep, we said the No. 1 key, overwhelmingly the No. 1 key in this series, was great mental stability," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the two-time defending champions won their 10th straight playoff series.

The Nets led by eight with under five minutes remaining and were looking to take the series back to Brooklyn for Game 6. The Heat went on a 12-0 run to take the lead for good, while the Nets missed nine straight shots. Ray Allen hit a huge three-pointer to give Miami a 93-91 lead with 32 seconds remaining.

"Give the Heat credit," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "They were attacking there in the fourth quarter. We were attacking. Both teams were attacking. They made plays, they made shots and we didn't."

Joe Johnson led the Nets with 34 points, while Paul Pierce chipped in 19.

Miami will face either the Indiana Pacers or the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference finals.


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Tuesday
May132014

LeBron James Scores 49 to Lead Heat Past Nets

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- LeBron James tied his playoff career-high with 49 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 102-96 victory over the Brooklyn Nets Monday, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal.

The Heat now lead the series 3-1.

James finished the game 16-of-24 from the field.

"My only thing with him, he was going so well in the third quarter we didn't want him to die out in the fourth," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said of his teammate, James.  "But that guy has an engine that's second to none so he just continued it going."

Wade had 15 points in the win.

The Nets tied the game at 94 with 2:30 to play when Kevin Garnett hit two free throws. The game stayed tied until Chris Bosh hit a 3-pointer with 57 seconds remaining to give the Heat the lead for good.

"This is very difficult to swallow," Nets center Garnett said of the loss. "Hard to take, but it's what it is. Coulda, shoulda, woulda doesn't help us at this point."

Now the Nets are one game away from being ousted from the playoffs. Game 5 is Wednesday in Miami. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern.


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Sunday
May112014

Nets Dominate Third Quarter to Plow Past Heat

TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Brooklyn Nets outscored the Miami Heat 26-14 in the third quarter to take control of the game and eventually win it 104-90 Saturday night, to take Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal.

"To sum it up, they outplayed us. They outplayed us, particularly in that whole second half," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

The Heat now lead the series 2-1, although the Nets broke Miami's eight-game postseason winning streak. 

"We wanted to show them we're not scared of them," Nets veteran Paul Pierce said after scoring 14 in the win. "Everybody's coming out and saying 'the series is over,' talking about us getting swept. I'm hearing whispers and stuff and I'm like, no need to panic."

And the Nets didn't. LeBron James scored 16 points in the first quarter but only 12 after that. Brooklyn was also hot from 3-point land hitting 15 of 25 from downtown.

Joe Johnson led Brooklyn with 19 points and Andre Blatche added 15 and 10 rebounds

Game 4 is Monday night in Brooklyn. Tip-off scheduled for 8 p.m. Eastern.

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Friday
May092014

Heat Take Control Late to Clip Nets

Chris Trotman/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- The Brooklyn Nets were within range of the Miami Heat until they couldn't get the ball back Thursday night.

The Nets trailed by eight points with 3:39 to play but proceeded to let Miami have a possession that took 1:40 off the clock and ended with a LeBron James basket, as the Heat disposed of the Nets 94-82 Thursday.

The Heat now lead Eastern Conference semifinal two games to none.

"That one hurt," Nets head coach Jason Kidd said. "We were right there. We gave ourselves, on the road, an opportunity against the world champs. We let the game slip away. That one possession when they got four offensive rebounds, it didn't lose the game for us."

James had 22 points and Chris Bosh added 18 for the Heat which were in battle most of the night with Brooklyn.

Marcus Thornton's basket with 6:54 left in the game brought Brooklyn within two points of Miami, but the Heat closed out the game on a 15-5 run to win.

Nets' start guard Deron Williams went scoreless for the first time since January 2006, going 0 for 9 in the loss.

Mirza Teletovic scored a team-high 20 points in the loss.

Game three is Saturday in Brooklyn. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.

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