When you think of the Boston Celtics’ long-range bombers, Ray Allen’s picture-perfect form is bound to be the first thing to pop into your head. Soon after, you’ll probably be picturing Eddie House’s quick release and Celtics-record single-season percentage.
But if you’ve been paying attention, Paul Pierce has leapt over both of those shooters as Boston’s most reliable deep threat, and is even threatening House’s record set just last season.
House has been the one with a campaign to be in the three-point contest, but Pierce thinks he’s very deserving of the chance to chuck up a few money balls during All-Star weekend.
“I think I have a good chance [to participate in the competition],” Pierce, who suffered an embarrassing fit of bricks in his first and only time in the competition, told ESPNBoston’s Chris Forsberg.
“I’ve really put in the time — I’ve been doing a lot of shooting, more so than in the past, and I want to redeem myself for 2002 when I only made [eight] shots. I was embarrassing the franchise.”
I wouldn’t necessarily say he was embarrassing the franchise, but himself? Certainly. Pierce’s performance – if you can call it that — wasn’t one the Celtics lifer would like to remember.
I’d like to see Pierce get an opportunity at redemption, and he’s earned it. He’s been scorching hot from behind the arc this season, second in the Eastern Conference in three-point percentage (behind only the man they call Boobie) and third in the entire NBA.
Known more as a slasher in his younger days, Pierce has redefined himself as one of the NBA’s most dead-eye shooters, a transformation that can only occur through hard work and dedication.
Pierce hasn’t yet received the campaign attention House has garnered, but that doesn’t mean he wants to sit the contest out.
“I’m trying to nominate myself.”