The Celtics beat the Magic on the road in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals series on Tuesday night, taking a 2-0 series lead in the best of seven. Although the Celtics are 32-0 in the playoffs after taking a 2-0 series lead, sweeping the Magic is not a given — they still have to win two more games at home. Still, Boston star Paul Pierce supposedly was thinking sweep after the game because his PaulPierce34 twitter page said: “Anybody got a BROOM?”
Pierce’s twitter page is unquestionably his because he’s offered fans tickets through his page in the past and his account is verified. Obviously the tweet sent the media off in a frenzy and they even asked Dwight Howard in the postgame news conference for his thoughts on Pierce’s tweet. Howard was clearly upset to hear that Pierce was calling a sweep and said no comment before saying “Pride come before a fall.” Even though that tweet got Howard riled up, Pierce’s online representatives are saying the account was hacked.
Pro Basketball Talk did some excellent sleuthing and they point out that most updates to Paul Pierce’s twitter page come via text or the web. The now infamous “broom” tweet was made through a program called twitterific. Yeah, that does sound pretty fishy to me. Pierce’s internet handlers have even more evidence indicating there was a hacker: “RT @taramanis @athleteint I saw [Paul Pierce] talking to other reporters when these were sent… no cell in hand.”
The Celtics may get a sweep but let’s be clear: Paul Pierce is not taunting the Magic. Yet.
Paul Pierce’s Twitter account and good times on the internet [Pro Basketball Talk]