Paul Pierce is a very good basketball player. He's always willing to take the shot that will win or lose the game, and he understands basketball. He does many things well. But the thing he does best is imitate Willis Reed.
Watch. Every time the guy gets knocked to the floor, he looks as if he will require oxygen and an ambulance. And he gets knocked to the floor every other game.
You see him Tuesday night when Orlando's Dwight Howard nudged him to the court? Pierce stayed down and looked as if he was fighting to sustain consciousness. Be strong, Paul, be strong!
He was going to miss the rest of the game and the series, you could tell. How will Boston ever replace him? Is it last rights or last rites?
And then -- oh my gawd. He's moving. He's getting up. Ladies and gentlemen Paul Pierce is attempting to stand. This is beyond human. This is so far beyond human that Paul Pierce no longer is Paul Pierce. He is the son of Willis Reed.
He is standing. He is playing. It's as if he was never hurt.
Pierce's courage is unbelievable. We will never witness such a feat again -- until the next time Pierce gets nudged to the floor.