Paul Pierce after crushing Game 6 loss: ‘I don’t even know if I’m going to play basketball anymore’


Paul Pierce was absolutely huge for the Wizards in these playoffs, producing in the biggest moments to help Washington eliminate the Raptors, and extend the top-seeded Hawks to six games.

But after a crushing Game 6 loss — one where Pierce’s potentially game-tying shot was waved off because his fingertips were still on the ball just as time expired — Pierce said the emotional toll of it all may cause him to contemplate retirement this summer.

From Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:

“Truthfully, what was going through my mind is, I don’t have too much of these efforts left, if any,” Pierce said. “These rides throughout the NBA season, throughout the playoffs, are very emotional. They take a lot out of not only your body, but your mind, your spirit.” …

“I don’t even know if I’m going to play basketball anymore,” Pierce said. …

“It affects not only you, but the people around you,” Pierce said. “Days like this, you go home and you’re around your family, you don’t feel like talking to them or doing anything because of what the game does. It takes a bit out of you. You go home, and it’s not a good day. It affects the people around you. It’s tough. People think you just play basketball, go home and your body is sore. No. Mentally, the people around you, it affects. I know I’ll go home and won’t have any words for my wife or my mom. Probably the only thing that can through to me right now is my kids. They bring me joy.”

Pierce has found a role with this Wizards team, playing the part of veteran leader on a team with very little previous postseason experience. He’s proven he can still play, and can still hit the most pressure-packed shots when his team needs him the most.

But is this Wizards team really capable of winning a title as currently constructed, or just making it to the championship round, even in the dreadful Eastern Conference?

It’s doubtful, at best. So, Pierce needs to decide if the toll the game has taken on him for the past 17 years continues to be worth it, and whether or not he’s willing to endure another long 82-game season just to get back to being able to perform on the postseason stage once again.

Stephen Curry drains 62-foot shot to end third quarter of Warriors’ Game 6 win over Grizzlies (VIDEO)


At the end of the third quarter in Game 6 between the Warriors and the Grizzlies, Golden State got a defensive stop, and with just a few ticks remaining on the clock, Stephen Curry ended up with the ball in his hands.

He launched a 3/4-court bomb — from 62 feet away, to be exact — and just like so many of Curry’s shots from long range, it seemed effortless in the way it splashed home.

It was the longest shot Curry has ever made in an NBA game, but it was far from one that was lucky.

Curry was asked if he practices that shot during his postgame press conference following his team’s 108-95 win that clinched the series, and sent Golden State to the Western Conference Finals.

“Every. Day. And that’s not a lie,” Curry said.


Hawks vs. Cavaliers: Eastern Conference Finals schedule is set


Now that the Cavaliers have eliminated the Bulls, and the Hawks have taken care of the Wizards, the schedule for the Eastern Conference Finals has officially been set.

Game 1 – Wed May 20 Cleveland at Atlanta               8:30PM  8:30PM     TNT/R

Game 2 – Fri  May 22 Cleveland at Atlanta                8:30PM  8:30PM     TNT/R

Game 3 – Sun  May 24 Atlanta at Cleveland              8:30PM  8:30PM     TNT/R

Game 4 – Tue  May 26 Atlanta at Cleveland              8:30PM  8:30PM     TNT/R

Game 5 * Thu  May 28 Cleveland at Atlanta              8:30PM  8:30PM     TNT/R

Game 6 * Sat  May 30 Atlanta at Cleveland               8:30PM  8:30PM     TNT/R

Game 7 * Mon  June 1 Cleveland at Atlanta               8:30PM  8:30PM     TNT/R

The NBA Finals begin on Thursday, June 4.

Allen Iverson on whether he’s struggling financially: ‘That’s a myth’


Allen Iverson is not broke because a friend was smart.

At least that’s the most recent spin on Iverson’s financial situation, which at times has been reported as being extremely bleak.

But while promoting a Showtime documentary that carries his name and will debut this weekend, Iverson insisted that he’s not struggling — neither financially, nor in any other aspects of his life.

“That’s a myth. That’s a rumor,” Iverson said, when asked whether he was struggling financially.

“Which part,” Charlie Rose countered.

“The fact that I’m struggling in any part of my life,” Iverson said.

This part of the interview takes place at the 5:35 mark of the video clip above.

The documentary, “Iverson,” debuts on Showtime on Saturday, May 16.

[via SportingNews]

Paul Pierce’s game-tying shot doesn’t count, Hawks eliminate Wizards to advance to Eastern Conference Finals


It looked like we were headed for overtime.

Paul Pierce has factored into plenty of the Wizards’ games in this postseason, and with Washington facing elimination in Game 6, Pierce once again ended up with the ball in his hands on his team’s final possession.

Atlanta led by as many as 15 points in the second half, but just like the bulk of the games in this series, Washington fought back to have a chance to tie or win it on the game’s final shot.

In this case, the Wizards trailed by three points with 6.4 seconds remaining. John Wall was double-teamed on the perimeter, and flipped the ball to Pierce as the clock was winding down.

Pierce avoided two defenders to launch a difficult three-pointer that splashed home, appearing to give him yet another heroic moment in the twilight of his Hall of Fame career.

But it wasn’t meant to be.

The replay showed that the ball was still in Pierce’s hands as time expired, and the officials waved it off after going to the replay for review.

Final score: Hawks 94, Wizards 91, with Atlanta advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals, and the Wizards going home for the summer.