Paul Pierce Calls Loss ‘Demoralizing’
The Celtics were livid with the officials, yes, but mostly they were so, so angry with themselves. All those second and third chances they gave the Heat, when they needed a defensive rebound, a loose ball.
“Demoralizing,” (Paul) Pierce said.
They were exhausted, exasperated, and Doc Rivers was right: They were distracted in the losing locker room, despondent. All they could think about was (Rajon) Rondo’s 44 points, and Ray Allen rising for a clutch 3-pointer inside the final minute of the fourth to tie the game, and (LeBron) James failing to deliver in the final minute of regulation, and the Celtics knew – they just knew – that winning this series had to start here.