Paul Pierce always knew how much time he had

It’s 2010 and we’re in Miami for Game 3 of a first-round series between the Celtics and Heat. Boston’s up 2-0, but the C’s still seem a bit shaky after stumbling into the postseason looking old and worn out. It’s a tie game with 10 seconds left and it’s been that way for well over an incredibly hectic minute of action.

The ball’s in Paul Pierce’s hands, as it always is when things get tense. We all know what he’s going to do, how he’s going to work his way over to his sweet spot at the elbow extended and pull up from 21 feet. This is the ballgame and it’s all on him.

The Clippers were supposed to be better than that, but instead Best Quality Cheap Jerseys Paul has just faced a more glamorized version of the same problems he had with his old team. The Clippers are fatally top heavy by design, with Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick, and Jamal Crawford alongside Paul. But the journey to create a deep team around them has been a satirical adventure.

Doc Rivers, acting as both coach and general manager, has made moves that were laughable at the time and can be looked at as him purposely sabotaging Paul in retrospect. Hedo Turkoglu, Spencer Hawes, Glen Davis, Austin Rivers (until he improved), Byron Mullens, Jordan Farmar, Chris Douglas-Roberts, trading Jared Dudley and a first-round pick to the Bucks, Josh Smith, Pablo Prigioni, Lance Stephenson, Cole Aldrich, Jeff Green for a first-rounder, Danny Granger … the list goes on and on. No draft hits. No two-way small forward. No quality bench players outside of Crawford and his one-dimensional game.

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