Ron Artest’s Defense Has Slowed Paul Pierce’s Scoring, but Not His Mouth

You can always count on Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce for a sound bite, and his loud proclamation that his team would not be returning to Los Angeles after the Celtics' victory in Game Two of the NBA Finals is an example.

One could assume Pierce means the Celtics will sweep the three-game home stand which begins tonight in Boston, but judging from his impact in the series' first two games, you have to wonder if his statement was ill-advised.

Pierce's voice as a weapon has a history which dates back to the near-fatal stabbing he suffered at a night club earlier in his career, and the passing of time has seen him grow bolder in his edicts.

Well, since 2008 anyway, because before then there was little for Pierce to talk about considering the mostly poor teams he played for, but once he was paired with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, the current version of Pierce surfaced.

Everyone is familiar with the disrespectful comments Pierce directed towards Kobe Bryant and the Lakers after the Celtics defeated Los Angeles in the 2008 Finals, and the comments he made about the illegitimacy of the Lakers' title of 2009.

He famously told the world Boston was going home to close out the Orlando Magic after the Celtics captured the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals on the Magic's home court, and now he has blessed us with his latest tactful remark.

Pierce is never at a loss of words, but so far he has chosen to stray away from the subject of Ron Artest and how the Lakers' defensive ace has mostly muted the Celtics' most versatile offensive player.

Pierce did score 24 points in Game One, but he was held to 13 attempts from the floor, and the bulk of his points came when the game had already been decided and from the free throw line.

In Game Two, Pierce was held to 10 points on 2-11 shooting from the field, but he did manage to snare four rebounds and dish out fou...

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