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Paul Pierce’s Twitter Page Was Hacked

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.

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Paul Pierce’s Twitter account and good times on the internet [Pro Basketball Talk]

Forget Kobe and Jordan: Paul Pierce Says He’s the Best Player in the World

I’ve been pretty high on Paul Pierce in the past, saying that he deserved some MVP consideration based on how valuable he was to the horrendous Celtics squad from two years ago. Even though I think highly of Pierce — especially after the way he performed in the playoffs this year — calling him the best player in the world is a stretch. I figure guys like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and maybe even Chris Paul can lay claim to that argument. Anyhow, when asked who the best player in the world was, Pierce’s answer was himself, and added he even added this:

“There’s a line that separates having confidence and being conceited. I don’t cross that line, but I have a lot of confidence in myself.”

“I have an opinion, I have a right to have one and that’s the way I feel. I felt I’ve played against the best over the years and felt right now that I’m the best player in the world.”

You know what? Damn the man, why should he let anyone tell him that he’s not he best player in the world? As long as he thinks it and is a confident player who backs it up, what’s wrong with maintaining that attitude? Sure, it’s a problem when Ricky Davis thinks that way because then he’s jacking up 20 shots a game, but when Paul Pierce is in the NBA Finals, maybe that attitude helps give him a competitive edge on the court. I appreciate that attitude. It might be incorrect, but he sure does have the last laugh, not to mention a Finals MVP Trophy to go with it.

Paul Pierce Hammers the Heat

My faithful Indian companion. Couldn’t resist it. For some reason or another, probably because they suck, the Miami Heat have been a great source for outstanding quotes this year. And this isn’t limited to just their players and coaches — it extends to opponents as well. Witness Paul Pierce, who played a few minutes in Boston’s blow out of Miami in which the Heat were held to an NBA record-low 17 field goals.

Kevin Garnett offered polite praise of the Miami Heat before Paul Pierce interrupted the postgame news conference and said, “Man, I am going to tell you the truth. They got D-Leaguers out there, so I think we just handled our business,” the Boston forward said, listing some of the five Miami players who spent time in the developmental league this season. “We’re supposed to do that.”

I’m sure glad he realizes it and I’m happy he didn’t play the PC game like Garnett. Pierce has been there — last year comes to mind. It’s OK for him to call them out for what they really are since he had to take all that criticism before when the C’s were the laughing stock of the NBA. Besides, what good are the punching bags of the league if you can’t make fun of them. It’s only Shaq who doesn’t have a right to complain.

Celtics Already Breaking Down?

Is this the typical overreaction of a fan or what? The Celtics lose one game out of like 50, and you have losers on the internet already pondering whether or not they’ve broken down. Well guess what? That’s me right there for you. The Celtics are now 29-4 after losing to the Bobcats Wednesday night. That’s their first loss to a non-marquee team. Falling to LeBron, the Pistons, and the Magic is acceptable — those are the East’s elite. But the Bobcats? What’s that all about?

I know Boston won twice last month without Ray Allen, but man, doesn’t the alarm go off a bit after they dropped this one? That’s what was always said — the Celtics have a great 1-2-3 combo, but after that their depth is limited. Sure, their supporting cast has played well this year, but it was only a matter of time before one of their big guys broke down ruining the running triumvirate (yeah, that’s assonance AND alliteration for you in the same sentence, baby). I know, I know, it’s only one game. Still, I’m already worried that this could be an indication of how fragile the window for Boston’s success is this year. Would be shame to see them fall because of injury and I have a feeling the losses will start coming in more frequently from here on out.

(photo courtesy AP/Charles Krupa)

Paul Pierce for NBA MVP

As I teased it with a few co-workers over the weekend, coming soon to larrybrownsports.com, “Paul Pierce for NBA MVP.” Well, hold on to the seat of your pants because I’m about to take you on the ride of your life.

Forget Kobe, dispell Dirk, lose LeBron, heck, even nix Nash. Here’s what I’m talking about. Paul Pierce for NBA MVP, Paul Pierce! How do I have the gall to make such a ludicrous suggestion you ask? Check this out:

It wasn’t long ago that the ’06-’07 Boston Celtics were being talked about as one of the worst teams in NBA history They had lost what, 18 games in a row?!?!. They straight up sucked. The Royals thought the Celtics were bad. People were saying they should tank the season to get Oden (or Durant) and maybe they still should.

But those days seem like decades ago.

Behind stud Paul Pierce who’s averaging 25 ppg, just over 6 rebounds, and 4 assists per game, the Celtics have climbed back to respectability. Consider

Without Paul Pierce the Celtics are a putrid 2-22, which is a .083 winning pct.

With Paul Pierce, the Celtics are 15-21, a decent .417 winning pct.

To be fair, we must eliminate the games in which Paul Pierce got injured and returned from injury, because he didn’t play enough to make an impact. That would yield a .441% (15-19) with Paul Pierce. Expanding that logic over an 82 game season makes the Celtics

Without Paul Pierce 7-75, which according to ESPN.com is the 4th worst team EVER

With Paul Pierce 36-46. In the hunt for the 8th seed.

If that doesn’t prove Pierce is a difference maker, then I don’t know what does. Isn’t that what a superstar and MVP is supposed to be? Someone without whom the player’s team would be atrocious and unable to reach the levels that they do with the player?

That’s what I thought! Say it with me now, Paul Pierce for MVP.