The second matchup of the elite eight continues with two polarizing plays for two very different scenarios. Watch as The Truth executes some of the finest hero ball you’ll ever see, while Avery Bradley executes one of the best guard-attacks-superstar dunks you’ll ever see.
#2 Seed: Paul Pierce’s Cold-Blooded Three: The Celtics dropped the first two games in Miami during the Eastern Conference Finals, the first was a relatively routine type of loss while the second was a killer. Down 0-2, they rallied to take both games at home setting up a pivotal Game 5 in Miami. The game was close throughout and clinging to a mere one-point lead as the clocked ticked under one-minute left in the game, Paul Pierce did what he has done so many times in his career: defined hero ball by taking a risky three-pointer with LeBron James right on him, with the game and likely season in the balance. Pierce drills it, silencing the Miami crowd and igniting dreams of third trip to the NBA Finals as well as eliminating LeBron again in the playoffs. Alas, it didn’t happen as LeBron’s epic Game 6 performance at the Garden, and fourth quarter take over in Game 7 dashed those dreams. But for one moment, this moment, Paul Pierce sent Celtics fans into a frenzy and made us all believe that they were heading back to The Finals. Hero ball, meaning shots like these, are routinely criticized, but you have to admit: they’re exciting as hell when they go in.
Seed #7 – Avery Bradley Posterizes Kevin Durant: Just before the all-star break, Kevin Garnett vowed that the BS style of play was over. This game at OKC was not the launching point as they got soundly destroyed. But the Thunder weren’t the only ones making noise. Avery Bradley completely owns Kevin Durant on this dunk, introducing himself to the rest of the NBA.
Pierce’s Cold Blooded Three or AB Posterizes Durant?