Paul Pierce cuts off Lakers at the pass – LA Times


By Baxter Holmes
Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Boston — Paul Pierce snatched the lofted pass of desperation and then danced along the sideline’s edge, one wrong step from a costly turnover. Derek Fisher flopped and flailed beside him, which wasn’t helping.

And in a crucial instant, with the clock inside of a minute and his team up only five points, Pierce’s instincts took over. Off-balance though he was, a green blur racing downcourt caught his vision, and Pierce fired.

The pass was perfect, catching Rajon Rondo in stride, and Rondo sailed in for an easy layup, the dagger in Boston’s 92-86 win in Sunday’s Game 5.

“I was just showing off my Randy Moss and my Tom Brady in one play, that’s all,” Pierce said. “Going up to catch it, then I went to my Brady mode when I was falling out of bounds to find Rondo on the receiving end.”

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick sat along the baseline. If it was an audition, Pierce might get a callback.

“Paul has said all year that he could play for the Patriots, and maybe we might have to believe him,” Celtics Coach Doc Rivers said.

The play capped a brilliant night for Pierce