The Truth Hurts Mike D'Antoni & The Knicks

So close, yet so far.

Somewhat lost in the Rajon Rondo show was the big boy, step up shot that Paul Pierce made to send the game to overtime. Without that shot (which was contested and off balance) Rondo wouldn't have had overtime to increase his stats and the stats wouldn't have meant nearly as much in a losing effort.

With that said, the dagger shot that we've come to know and love from Pierce didn't exactly feel that great to the guys on the other side.

Truth, if you like it or not - BostonHerald.com

Pierce’s shot, in particular, left the Knicks coach in a slow burn. "I don’t know if that’s execution — that’s having a horseshoe up your rear," D’Antoni said. "That’s what Paul Pierce does, though. He hit a hard shot, that’s what he does. (Carmelo Anthony) hit a hard shot, that’s what he does, and then Paul hit a dagger. You’ve got to give him credit with that, but there’s no execution with that one. That’s just going out and making a shot."

Even Paul himself had to sit back and appreciate the moment.

Celtics’ moment of need brings out the Truth - BostonHerald.com

"The great players, they really like to play in these types of games," said Pierce, who has regained his groove after a brief shooting slump. "They like to step up, as you saw tonight. Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Rondo, myself, ’Melo hit some big shots. That’s what makes the game of basketball and these types of games versus New York so fun because you always see the great players rise to the finish."

I've said it a thousand times and I'll keep saying it. You can never fully count out a team with Paul Pierce on it.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join CelticsBlog

You must be a member of CelticsBlog to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at CelticsBlog. You should read them.

Join CelticsBlog

You must be a member of CelticsBlog to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at CelticsBlog. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker