The LA Times’ Bill Plaschke says the Lakers were duped. Paul Pierce hit the deck as if he’d been shot. Pierce said he thought he heard something pop in his knee. He added at the post-game press conference that he really did think he tore something. That’s why he was carried off the floor and then wheeled into the locker room in a chair.
But Plaschke isn’t buying the injury.
“To nearly 50 years of delicious Celtics-Lakers lore, add a new apparent bit of chicanery,” writes Plaschke. “Call it the Fake N’Shake.”
“The Celtics won Game 1, 98-88, on the momentum of a recovery that smacked more of professional wrestling than professional basketball.”
But if Pierce were pulling the ultimate trick on L.A., he’s still carrying it out now. After the game, he said that while he was being toted off the floor, he thought “it was all over.”
“You know, I think God sent this angel down and said, ‘Hey, you’re going to be all right, you need to get back out there, show them what you’ve got,'” he said.