The Brooklyn Nets escaped a hostile Toronto Sunday afternoon 104-103 thanks to a blocked Kyle Lowry shot by Paul Pierce. In a game where Brooklyn was up for most of the game, the Raptors fought back in the last three minutes and put themselves in a position to actually win the game. The Raptors’ Terrence Ross threw the ball off of Paul Pierce with 8 seconds left to give the Raptors a chance for a last second shot. Kyle Lowry was given the ball tried to drive the ball and create a shot, but was stripped by Kevin Garnett. Still Lowry retained possession and shot for the rim before the buzzer, but Paul Pierce got his hand up and blocked a what would have been a game winner for Toronto at the buzzer. The arena was silent and Paul Pierce was once again the hero of the series…Sound familiar?
Well if that doesn’t sound familiar this will….Once again Paul Pierce will be leading his team into a playoff series with the Miami Heat and Lebron James.
“What can I say? His résumé speaks for itself,” Pierce said when asked about the King. “Right now, he’s the best player in the league and I think as a competitor you are always looking for that challenge and he’s the ultimate challenge.”
“I rank LeBron as one of the greatest players to ever play the game, a tremendous athlete, four-time MVP, two-time champion, he’s already passed so many greats that we still talk about. And when you play against the best, as a competitor, you want those moments.”
The Nets are the only team to ever beat James four times in a single regular season in his entire career. But, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce haven’t been able to beat Lebron in a playoff series since he joined Miami. They know better than anyone that the King and his men play different when it comes to protecting the throne in the postseason,
“What we did in the regular season is in the regular season. This is postseason.” said Kevin Garnett. “They’re playing very well. They went right through Charlotte, without [missing] a beat. They’ve been sitting and they’ve been waiting, so let’s get it on.”
Game 1 will be in Miami on Tuesday night and the Nets can be sure The King will be waiting…
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