Paul Pierce wrote his latest blog entry on Boston.com, and this one was about the art of the game-winner.
I really can’t explain it. I think you have to have a certain confidence, when it’s actually on the line and for all the money. Referees on the floor. Fans in the crowd. You’ve got to believe the shot’s going in.
The saying is that the player taking the game-winner in the NBA was the same player that took it in college, in high school, in rec ball.
I don’t know how true that is. I know I didn’t take it in sixth, seventh grade. I know I didn’t take it in the ninth grade. I made one game-tying shot in high school. But I never had a chance to take a game-winner in an actual game until my pro career.
Lucky for us Celtics fans, he’s become fairly accustomed to taking — and making — big shots since making it to the big leagues. Chris Forsberg has a list of Pierce’s clutch buckets, and Pierce himself says this one was his favorite.
Keep doing your thing, Captain Clutch.