Paul Pierce doesn’t have a good record when picking winners of games or series in this NBA playoffs. At certain points in time, Pierce has selected the Boston Celtics to beat the Milwaukee Bucks and the Portland Trail Blazers to beat the Golden State Warriors.
Not only did neither of those things happen over the course of their respective series, but Pierce seemed to jinx teams the night he picked them to win specific games.
Of course, as the 2019 NBA Finals opened in Toronto on Thursday night, Pierce took the hot take route and selected the Raptors to beat the defending Warriors in six games. Fans took that as a bit of a death sentence, and let Pierce know about it with a chant before the game at Scotiabank Arena.
Paul Pierce is the next Charles Barkley. Take that how you will.