Kobe Can’t Close Against OKC; Pierce Leads A Rampage In Philly

By: 05.17.12
Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce (photo. Gary Land)

Sticking with the age theme, Celtics/Sixers looked like a bunch of adults bullying some in-over-their-head children. Chris Webber (announcing for TNT) talked about Boston’s “grown-man defense,” and referred to the 76ers as “kids” following one of Doug Collins‘ endearing mid-game speeches that would’ve made Coach Eric Taylor proud. Secretly, though, you know Collins wanted to dust off his old uniform and take a crack at solving the C’s defense himself. The 107-91 final score wasn’t even indicative of how much Boston dominated … Paul Pierce broke out of his Iguodala-induced slump, putting up 24 points, 12 rebounds and three steals. Pierce made it work by attacking, going 11-of-14 from the free-throw line and throwing down back-to-back driving dunks in the first quarter. Those were Jayhawk dunks, because Truth hasn’t been that high since he was catching Kenny Gregory‘s slipstream at Kansas … Kevin Garnett posted 27 points and 13 boards, while Rajon Rondo chipped in 23 points and 14 assists. Even the bench guys were beasting Philly. The C’s were so good that Ray Allen (25 mins, 3 pts) was able to play like Ray Romano and they still won big … A lot of people thought Game 6 of the Chicago series was Andre Iguodala’s defining moment as a Sixer, but now he has another defining moment scheduled for Friday. If Iguodala (10 pts) allows the Celtics to come into his gym for the second game in a row and smack his team around like they did last night, Philadelphia will never forgive him. Losing a close, competitive game is one thing, but if the Sixers get manhandled again, a lot of Philly folks will quickly forget about Iguodala’s series-winning free throws last week … Larry Bird was named NBA Executive of the Year, which seemed more like a reward for what he’s done the past 3-4 years as opposed to what he did this most recent offseason. Which we’re totally cool with, by the way. The additions of Dave West and George Hill were huge for the Pacers this year, but Bird also drafted Paul George, Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert and Tyler Hansbrough, and he had the foresight to give Frank Vogel his shot at being an NBA head coach. And it’s worked. We’d be afraid to see what Larry Legend could do with NBA 2K12 on Franchise mode; probably rack up 16-18 championships in 20 pretend-seasons … We’re out like Kobe’s clutch factor …

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