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Irish Coffee: Philly Fat Albert, the truffle shuffle and five Celtics statistics you didn’t know

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the Celtics [1]‘ Game 3 dismantling of the Sixers was their ability to make 22-of-28 free throws — including 11-of-14 from a Paul Pierce [2] determined to get his points any way possible — in the face of true adversity: Philly Fat Albert doing the truffle shuffle [3] (h/t @GethinCoolbaugh [4]).

“Paul is just a grinder,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers [5] told reporters in Philadelphia after his team’s most complete performance of the playoffs, a 107-91 victory that gave his team a 2-1 Eastern Conference semifinals lead. “He really is. You look at him at times and you wonder, ‘How is this guy getting open?’ He just has great fundamentals. He never does it with speed. He just knows how to play basketball.

“He’s a throwback guy,” added Rivers. “He just knows how to play basketball. We jokingly call him our ‘professional scorer,’ and that’s what he is in a lot of ways. … I think guys like Paul and the Kobe [Bryants], they have something in their minds that just makes them who they are.”

Even if it means staring at 400 pounds of Philly flesh full of cheesesteaks and pretzels. (Well, there is a lot of culture there. [6]) In all seriousness, here’s five stats that make the C’s performance that much more remarkable.

“I pretty much know that this group probably won’t be together next year,” Pierce said in an interview aired during the Game 3 national broadcast [13]. “It was almost not together in the middle of this year. Definitely management is looking toward the future. Maybe I have one or two good years left — same with Ray, same with KG — so this is a real sense of urgency right now to get this done one last time.”

Heck, they’ve even brought back Brian Scalabrine [14] as a mascot to come full circle.