After the combination of a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee and the defensive efforts of the Philadelphia 76ers (and primarily Andre Iguodala) had him looking less than his best in the first two games of the Eastern Conference semifinals, Paul Pierce came into Wednesday night's Game 3 bent on attacking. He'd managed just 20 field-goal attempts through two games against Philly after averaging better than 16 a night in Boston's six-game opening-round win over the Atlanta Hawks, and the Celtics' captain was determined to ratchet that number up with the series tied at one game apiece.
"I just wanted to be aggressive, regardless," Pierce told reporters (including Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe) after the game. "Everything I do was going to be aggressive, and that's it. When I'm getting limited to nine shots in a game, that's not me."
Exploding for dunks on consecutive possessions isn't really Pierce, either, or at least, it isn't anymore — he threw it down just 20 times in nearly 2,100 minutes during the regular season, according to CBSSports.com's Dunk-O-Meter — but late in the first quarter, that's precisely what happened.Read More »from Paul Pierce dunks early, attacks often to set pace in Celtics’ Game 3 win (VIDEOS)