The older we get, the wiser we become. And as the playing twilight of Paul Pierce draws nearer and nearer, the Washington Wizards forward continues exhibiting that perception.
“The Truth” isn’t the player he once was. Pierce is an ancillary piece for Washington, content to let John Wall set the table, Bradley Beal run off screens, and Marcin Gortat and Nené make hay from the mid-post and in. But his big picture role on the Wizards is crystal clear nonetheless: big shot taker and big shot maker.
The 38 year-old played it to perfection in his team’s 106-99 Game 3 win over the Toronto Raptors. Pierce contributed 18 points in all on Friday night, and none were bigger than the three he scored with the Wizards clinging to a 102-99 lead as the fourth quarter game clock ticked below 20 seconds.
His decision to sign with Washington? Ridiculed. His well-earned standing among Raptors fans? Violently opposed. His dagger triple? Entirely self-evident.
According to Schopenhauer, the Pierce really is the embodiment of “truth.” Not that we needed anymore evidence to confirm that reality, of course – the future Hall-of-Famer is still giving us plenty of that.