The second final four matchup features two huge three-pointers at different yet equally important times. One was by The Truth, the other by Rondo. I know which one I would vote for (hint: the ECF, on the road, is far more significant).
#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 #14: Rondo’s Clutch Three, Game 7 vs Philly ECSF - Paul Pierce had just fouled out late in the fourth quarter of the deciding Game 7 between the Celtics and the Sixers. At that point, the C’s were only up by 3 with 4 minutes left, hardly a guarantee to advance. Rondo essentially took control of the game, scoring 11 points, grabbing 2 rebounds and confidently stepping into and drilling a killer three to finish off the Sixers.
The Truth’s Three vs Miami or Rondo’s Three vs Philly?