Paul Pierce: “We ain’t coming back to LA!”
Striking a similar tone as he did in Orlando in the Eastern Conference finals, Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce directed a bold prediction at Lakers fans in the final minutes of his team’s victory in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night in Los Angeles.
After Pau Gasol committed a hard foul on Kendrick Perkins with 1:12 remaining in Game 2 and the Celtics leading, 97-90, Pierce, as he helped his teammate off the floor along the baseline near the hoop was heard on video replays yelling, "We ain’t coming back to LA!"
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Paul Pierce has reason to be confident.
Yes, his Boston Celtics looked solid in taking game two of the NBA Finals. And yes, the heavily favoured Los Angeles Lakers’ struggled on Sunday evening.
Pierce’s outburst was, in part, due to the championship series switching to a 2-3-2 game format, meaning the lower seeded team – the Celtics in this case – have the next three matches in Boston.
The league uses a 2-2-1-1-1 game format for the first three rounds of the playoffs and critics believe the 2-3-2 format of the NBA Finals gives the lower seed an unfair advantage.
Years back, the suits at league head office thought the 2-3-2 format was appropriate for the NBA finals because it reduced travel. Today, every team has their own luxurious, five-star plane, so travel isn’t as great an issue.
With the next three games in Boston, the 2-3-2 format is an issue for the Lakers. And this has Pierce confident he "ain’t coming back to LA!"
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