Why we love a Celtics-Lakers Final: was Paul Pierce faking or hurt in the game one of 2008 Finals?
HoopsVibe’s Quick Call: Like you, HoopsVibe News loves having the Celtics and Lakers in the NBA Finals because of the controversy.
For instance, in 2008, you’ll remember these two met, clashed, and fought for championship glory. The mighty green-and-white of Boston prevailed, in part, because of Paul Pierce’s heroics in game one.
The All-Star injured his knee, but – in a moment that reminded many of Willis Reed emerging from the Madison Square Garden tunnel to lead the New York Knicks to victory on a sprained ankle – returned to lead the Celtics’ comeback.
Was it really heroic?
Of course, there were doubters, especially amongst Laker-nation. They felt Pierce exaggerated the injury. They felt he wanted to set the stage for his dramatic return.
Others, however, believed Pierce displayed tenacity and guts by playing through the pain. And Boston fans see it as the defining moment of his proud career.
The Truth, pun intended, may be somewhere in the middle.
Was Pierce’s return in 2008 acting or heroics? Was he faking or hurt? Watch the clips below and get at us in the comment box below with thoughts.
(The case for Pierce faking!)
(The case for Pierce having a legit injury!)