Story By: Richard Thomas
Photos By: Sol Tucker
We all have seen some big shots and big game winning plays by Paul Pierce, the buzzer beater that helped propel the Wizards to a 103-101 victory over the Hawks ranks high on the list of one of his best shots during his 17 year career.
As he left the court after giving the Wizards a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series, Pierce was asked by ESPN’s Chris Broussard whether he called “Bank!” on the winner.
“Took my time. You know, wanted to make sure I got the shot off with no time on the clock,” Pierce said. “I’ve been in those situations many times.”
After the game Pierce cracked a few jokes about the Hawks and one player in particular, Dennis Schroder, as he called the shot “a lucky shot.” Pierce took exception to that and told the media afterwards that Schroder isnt much of a player and we face Bulls next week if the playoffs keep going this way.
One of the Hawks who tried in some crazy media plan to disrupt the game winner, called it “a lucky shot,” Pierce chuckled. Then, referring to his lengthy career, Pierce retorted: “Well, I guess Schroder is going to say that, because he’s a little young. … He hasn’t been able to see it over the last 17 years.”
Again Washington got the minutes they needed for Bradley Beal, but it was Pierce’s shot that any fan in attendance certainly got a little bit carried away in the final 20 seconds.
Up next for the Wizards is Game 4 at home. Expect more of the same from Pierce and Beal in the absense of John Wall