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Put an S on Pierce’s Chest

11.12.08 at 9:45 pm ET


First there was Shaquille O’Neal.

Then came Dwight Howard.

On Wednesday night, another Superman was born in the NBA.

“The last play was drawn up, get the ball to Paul Pierce, get the hell out of the way,” Kevin Garnett said following the Boston Celtics 103-102 win over the Atlanta Hawks. “Superman’s in the booth. Let’s go home. That was the play and if you don’t believe that ask Doc Rivers and he’ll say the exact same thing.”

He’s not a dunker or a dominating big man. Rather he’s a finesse shooter who knocks down clutch shots as if he could do it in his sleep. For the second consecutive game, Pierce put the Boston Celtics on his back and led them to victory.

Pierce scored 23 points in the fourth quarter, including a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line. He answered Marvin Williams‘ potential game-winning three with a 20-foot jumper with 0.5 seconds to go. It’s late game heroics like this that earned “The Truth” a new name.

“Once I went right I had the big guy on me. I sort of got to my sweet spot and I felt good the whole time,” explained Pierce, who has a different account of the gameplan. “The play was to get the ball to Kevin and if they switched off, either hand off or he would take he drive down the lane. But they switched and put (Al)  Horford on me and I knew I could get to my spot. I got to it and thank God it went in.”

Pierce’s teammates don’t shy away from the magnitude of his game.

“He’s a superstar man, a superstar,” said Eddie House. “I don’t think he plays with any less confidence any other day. He knows what he’s capable of and man, he’s got a cape on his back sometimes.”

Even though Pierce will probably stick with his P2 logo instead of an S on his chest, he has proved himself worthy of it.

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