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Pierce says his knee is fine, it’s not. Sixers covering him like he’s fine anyway.

May 16, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

Paul Pierce, Lavoy Allen AP

It’s obvious — painfully obvious — that Paul Pierce’s sprained knee is bothering him. He’s not moving the same, he has no lift, he’s shooting 5-20 in the last two games, he’s just not the guy who carried the Celtics at stretches in the first round.

Except, don’t tell him that.

Pierce clearly got tired of being asked about his knee and snapped back a little to Jackie MacMullan of ESPN:

As he walked out of the Garden on Monday night, I saddled up next to him and offered, “It’s got to be frustrating.”

“I don’t know what you mean,” he said, in uncharacteristically brusque fashion.

“Your knee,” I said. “It’s limiting you … “

“There’s nothing wrong with my knee,” he said.

Right.

The Sixers know he is hurting, reserve and former Celtic Tony Battie said as much.

“I know he’s hurt,” Battie said, “but Paul’s definitely not going to ever admit that to anyone. You can see it. His shot is a little flat. His knee is bothering him, and he’s had some foot problems, and his lift isn’t 100 percent. But he’s still the heart and soul of that team. We know Paul. We know he can get it going.”

Which is why the Sixers are not treating Pierce as hurt — they are focused on not letting him get going. Hobbled or not they are treating him as the Celtics biggest threat. It’s working. Look at what they told CSNNE.com.

  1. liljere24 - May 16, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    This website comes up with the worst headlines for articles ever.

    • biasedhomer - May 16, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      The headline IS the article.

    • heyblueyoustink - May 16, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      What would you have put?

  2. mungman69 - May 16, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    What happened to good headlines.

  3. qwest12 - May 16, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    The only thing that’s obvious is that Paul pierce is the biggest cry baby in the league. He has always greatly overexagerated his injuries and the only reason he is doing it now is so he has an excuse if the celtics lose. My least favorite player in the league cause he talks like he is tough but then acts the way he does, should have been a soccer player.

    • andyhr17 - May 16, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      The dude got stabbed in the face and back and still played that season. He’s playing with a sprained knee and saying he’s fine. Continue to hate him because he beats your team, though. Continue to say he’s a crybaby and THAT’S why you dislike him.

    • somekat - May 16, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      That was a nice story and all, but it isn’t like he had a punctured heart or anything. He took 2 flesh wounds.

      I’m not calling the dude a crybaby (he is, but no more than 75% of the NBA), but don’t act like he had a machete in his stomach, pull it out and immediately played. He had some flesh wounds, sat out a month or so, and came back. Nothing noteworthy there except that fact that an NBA player was stabbed

      • phaden27 - May 16, 2012 at 6:42 PM

        Yes let’s downplay a man being stabbed in the face and instead not call him a crybaby while still calling him a crybaby. I love this country.

  4. somekat - May 16, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Pierce has historically been shut down (comparatively) by Iggy (as much as I’d LOVE to see him gone this offseason, and the last 3 off seasons). This is nothing new. The reason the C’s owned the Sixers the last few years was not the big 3, it was not Rondo. It was, specifically Ray Allen. The sixers have no answer for him. Allen being hurt is having a much larger effect on this series than Pierce ever would.

    I’m not saying it would be that way against any other opponent, but it is true in this series

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