Wizards forward Paul Pierce says he’s ‘just going to be who Paul Pierce is going to be’
There is no doubt that the playoffs are where Paul Pierce thrives.
The Wizards forward has been on his game since the playoffs started, trash talking the Toronto Raptors off the court while dominating them on it. “The Truth” may be 37, and he may have only been with the Wizards for seven months, but he is clearly the heart and soul of that team, and having him this year has given their team an element they just didn’t have last year.
And in case you had any doubts about who Paul Pierce is going to be, never fear. Paul Pierce has the answer for you.
“Paul Pierce is just going to be who Paul Pierce is going to be.” Paul Pierce said to USA Today. “I’m going to be myself. If it helps our team or hurts our team, I’m just trying to be myself and see where that goes. I’m a vocal person. I speak up. I tell the guys how I feel. I’m emotional. It’s just me being me truthfully.”
Pierce was talking about his social media and verbal taunts of the Raptors, including saying before the series that Toronto didn’t have the “it” factor. Then there was this tweet, aimed at Raptors fan Drake, after the series sweep was completed:
Pierce also declared himself “king in the north,” Game of Thrones-style, after the sweep of the “We the North” Raptors.
Of course, none of this would matter if Pierce wasn’t delivering on the court as well. He was, averaging 15 points per game and shooting over 50 percent from three in the Raptors series. His ability to play power forward brought a whole new dynamic to what the Wizards can do, and Toronto was unable to stop Washington’s small-ball lineups.
Now Pierce and the Wizards have a new challenge ahead: the winner of the Atlanta/Brooklyn series. Viewers and readers of the Game of Thrones series know what ended up happening to the King in the North, so Pierce should be very, very careful.
But there’s no need to worry about who Paul Pierce will be in this next series. He’s going to be who Paul Pierce is going to be, and no one can stop him.