Paul Pierce pulled no punches on Friday. As the Celtics prepared to host the Bobcats on Saturday as a warm-up to a matchup with Miami on Monday, their captain put everybody in the NBA in his sights with some sharp words.
In addition to shrugging off the Kobe Bryant–Dahntay Jones incident on Wednesday, when Bryant sprained his ankle and accused Jones of making a “dirty” play by making Bryant land on his foot, Pierce was dismissive of the Heat’s 20-game winning streak. That streak could be 22 games by the time LeBron James and the Heat arrive in Boston on Monday.
“I really don’t even care,” Pierce told reporters before practice. “I hope they lose every game the rest of the season.”
Pierce also shrugged off the importance of trying to win the Atlantic Division. The Celtics are only 3 1/2 games behind the limping Knicks in the standings, but neither Pierce nor Doc Rivers really seemed all that worried about it. The Celtics do not hang banners for that kind of stuff, they noted.