When Paul Pierce crumpled to the parquet in the third quarter of last night's NBA Finals game, everyone watching likely echoed the fears of Boston coach Doc Rivers, who "thought the worst." But after writhing in pain and leaving the court in a wheelchair, the Celtics captain returned, and in the biggest way possible, writes the Boston Herald.
Pierce scored 15 points on perfect shooting in the third quarter, seemingly unhampered by his sprained knee. "I don’t know if it was adrenaline or what, but I was able to get through it, he says." Whether he can do as well on Sunday and help his team go up 2-0 remains uncertain. "We'll see. I mean, it's in pain." (Read more 2008 NBA playoffs stories.)