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Last One In Boston: A Paul Pierce Farewell Mixtape

The All-Star forward will always bleed green
by John Paulo Aguilera | Feb 6, 2017
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Earlier today, the Los Angeles Clippers visited the Boston Celtics, in what was deemed as NBA elder statesman Paul Pierce's final game in Beantown.

'The Truth' spent majority of his NBA stint (15 years) in Boston and won his only ring there, after teaming up with fellow All-Stars Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.

Despite having gone to three teams during the twilight of his career, Pierce holds a special place in the hearts of the city and its fans.

Unless the Celts and Clips meet in the NBA Finals (which is fairly unlikely), and injuries continue to plague his team's roster, this particular game could well be Pierce's last chance to pay his respects to the Leprechaun logo as a player.

In terms of individual impact on the celebrated franchise, he can be considered as one of the greatest Celtics ever, alongside the likes of Bill Russell and Larry Bird. Drafting Pierce 10th in 1998, Boston was gifted with an all-around superstar-in-the-making.

Paul went on to develop a deadly offensive game, highlighted by an awkward-looking yet extremely effective pull-up jumper that evolved into one of basketball's most unstoppable signature moves. He has his stellar footwork to thank for that.

Fourth in all-time three-point field goals made, the 2010 Three-Point Shootout champion was as dangerous from beyond the arc as he was above the rim.

Just ask Chris Bosh.

Don't be mistaken; Pierce wasn't all about talent. He had the heart and will to win to match his superior ability as an All-Star.

His unparalleled mix of competitive fire, basketball acumen, and scoring prowess made him one of the game's greatest clutch performers.

Fittingly enough, he validated the statement above with the way he ended his final game on the parquet floor of the TD Garden.

A salute to one of the greats.

 

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