Exhibit A, from the San Antonio Spurs' visit to Indianapolis to take on the Indiana Pacers on Friday night, courtesy of Indy reserve Lance Stephenson:
And Exhibit B, from the Boston Celtics' trip to Central Florida to square off against the Orlando Magic on Sunday afternoon, thanks to diminutive Orlando leader Jameer Nelson:
Yipes. I mean, first off, before we vote, it's important to make sure that both Tony Parker and Paul Pierce are OK, because it looked like a sniper up in the rafters might have taken them both down right in the middle of play. A check of the postgame commentary and box scores indicates that neither suffered injuries — well, to anything beyond their pride, at least.
After missing a buzzer-beater that could have sent Boston home with a regulation win, Pierce drained a big 3-pointer in overtime to help the Celtics get past the Magic, 116-110, on Sunday; 14 of The Truth's 23 points (which came on 8-for-17 shooting, a 3-for-5 mark from long range and a perfect 4-for-4 from the line) came after halftime. Parker, for his part, had a stellar weekend, scoring a combined 65 points on 29-for-50 shooting with 15 total assists in pushing San Antonio to wins over Indiana on Friday and the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.
Given those strong performances and the fact that their teams ultimately won these games, it's tempting to say that the two longtime All-Stars got the last laugh. But then, here we are, laughing at them. So, y'know, I guess that's not entirely accurate.