‘This is not a basketball game, this is religion,’ says Paul Pierce after Boston’s Game 5 win
If you ask Hall of Fame Boston Celtics wing Paul Pierce whether he expects Boston to win Game 6 of their 2023 East finals series with the Miami Heat, his response to Heavy’s Steve Bulpett ought to tell you everything you need to know. “Yeah, I’ll be here,” he replied. “Of course. What (do) you mean?”
“I’ll fly out and fly back. I’ll be out here Monday, for sure — 100%,” added the Truth. Pierce was in the house to witness the Celtics’ improbable Game 5 win over Miami as Boston inched closer to breaking one of the more durable records in NBA history — overcoming a 0-3 series deficit in the postseason.
“This is not a basketball game,” said Pierce of the looming contests in Miami and (hopefully) Boston. “This is religion.”
No team has come back from a 0-3 deficit, but Boston will be in pole position to do so with a win in Miami for Game 6. https://t.co/eVoiLQVghv
— The Celtics Wire (@TheCelticsWire) May 26, 2023
The Celtics certainly seemed to touch God a few times on Thursday night, the offense humming like a finely-tuned engine bolted onto a chassis of elite defense that served as the foundation not only for the win, but for the confidence that made it possible. “(T)heir backs are against the wall, then they respond,” opined Pierce.
“That’s how it’s been all season long. I’m not surprised they’re in this spot. I’m a little surprised they went down 3-0, but they always play well when they’re in this position.”
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