Though the Warriors were the team playing a back-to-back, Boston was the one that looked old and tired.
Especially when compared to the 20-year-old Barnes, whose fresh legs and athleticism bothered Pierce all night. Pierce missed his first eight field-goal attempts and finished with 13 points on 4-of-20 shooting.
Pierce missed his first eight shots but kept chucking until the Warriors built a 20-point, second-quarter lead.
This may have been the worst basketball I’ve seen Paul Pierce play, and I watched a lot of games in the lost seasons (1999-2006).
This was more than a bad shooting night. This was an old man getting abused by younger athletes. If this was a championship fight, it would have been stopped in the 2nd round.
Yes, I’ve buried and resurrected Paul Pierce a few times this season. He will have better games.
But I fear the standard for the Truth has been reduced significantly.