Pierce: ‘I felt like I had to do everything’
The Celtics received contributions from several players, but (Paul) Pierce shouldered the biggest load. He nearly doubled his regular-season scoring average and played 10 minutes more than his nightly average. “To[o] old for this,” Pierce tweeted after the game. “I need a bed right now!!!”
(Doc) Rivers called Pierce “a monster.”
“It ranks right up there when you factor no Ray (Allen), no (Rajon) Rondo,” Rivers said. “Literally, the only way we were going to win the game is if Paul played like that. He knew that. So did they. But he still did it. It showed you how special he is.”
Rondo will be back for Game 3, and the Celtics are still holding out hope Allen will return in the series. But on this night, Pierce nearly had to go it alone.
Said Pierce: “I felt like I had to do everything.”