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Paul Pierce is not particularly fond of Kobe Bryant. Being natural rivals for about 15 years will do that. Yet, Paul has had about enough of this “dirty play” talk concerning Dahntay Jones’ defense on Kobe in the closing seconds of the Lakers loss to the Hawks last week. In case you’ve been living under a rock the past couple days, here is the play in question.

The NBA released a statement yesterday saying there should have been a foul called on the play. Pierce, when prompted, was having none of that. In fact, he’s thinking the whole situation is being overblown for one reason alone.

“I think it got kind of blown out of proportion. I thought [Dhantay Jones] put his hands up, [Kobe] got into the defender. I mean the fact it’s Kobe Bryant, it’s an issue. I mean if it was somebody else, we wouldn’t even be talking about this today.”

Just add a little more fuel to the rivalry folks. Pierce had a couple other gems at practice today as well.

On Winning the Atlantic Division: “I’m sure if we hung Atlantic Division banners up here, we’d be looking a lot more closely at them. Right now, we are floating under the radar, try to win as many games as possible. Play well going into the playoffs. I’m sure these guys….I don’t even know how many games we have left to get into the Atlantic Division. We don’t even get a t-shirt for that.”

On the Heat’s winning streak: “I really don’t even care. I hope they lose every game the rest of the season.”

The Truth brought plenty of heat in his press conference. He’s confident and loose right now. Stay tuned folks.

 

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Brian Robb co-founded CelticsHub in 2009 and is the currently editor-in-chief. He is a producer and reporter at 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston and also contributes to Boston.com and Bleacher Report among other outlets.
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  • Danny

    Love that stuff. Pierce is one of the few who can back up talk with action.

  • J Mike

    It's only a real injury if you need a wheelchair to get off the court. Oh wait.

    • janos

      I am understand this refer, seen this one on the tv couple year ago
      are you not fan nba pierce?

      what is point this comment

    • Los

      ahhhh it's nice to see that even five years after it happened there's always one more person to beat the old horse to death

  • High Rollers

    Just gettin' warmed up. Keep 'em coming, Truth!

  • eastern scout

    jones will end your career in the playoff fucking douche

    • CelticsBIG3

      Who the hell is jones

      • eastern scout

        the one who injured kobe – dahntay jones

        • CelticsBIG3

          Oh thanks eastern scout.

  • mike

    Wheelchair

    • Los

      clearly a valid argument. The wheelchair automatically means that what he said isn't true. only a homer would think jones intentionally injured kobe. yeah he did get into his body a bit but that's what happens sometimes when you contest a shot.

  • CelticsBIG3

    So before we just had an ad at the bottom of the page, now everytime I go to the page it opens up full screen with some fat ass trying to push Las Vegas on me? Come on now.

    • Rav

      Use Firefox as your browser, and get the add-on called AdBlock+

      • CelticsBIG3

        I use firefox at home, but I made a quick check at work on Internet Explorer. Your right though.

        • Anthony

          Gald I'm not the only one that find it to be an annoyance.

          Any way to get rid of it on Chrome?

          • CelticsBIG3

            Theres got to be an ad block software

  • High Rollers

    Wasn't Paul just making the point that the media is only focusing on it because Kobe said he "Jalen Rose'd me"? Obviously the severity of the injury was going to bring more attention upon the matter, but it was Kobe's words (and the unsurprising media response to them) that led to it being overblown. Paul probably does think Kobe gets special treatment from both the league and the media, but I don't think his comment falls into that category. Seemed like he really just thought it wouldn't be as big of a deal if it happened to any regular NBA Tom, Dick or Harry. Ergo calling it "blown out of proportion." Which I agree with. (Although I do think there's an interesting game-within-the-game being played out by offensive players who jump really high and stick their right or left leg out really far in a kicking motion, and the fairly inevitable response of a defensive player ending up pasted to his space on the opposite side. But nobody seems to want to discuss that in the coverage. General opinion seems to be that it's either the kicker's fault or the space-invader's. Seems to me that at that point both players are complicit whatever shakes out.)

  • hydrofluoric

    “I really don’t even care. I hope they lose every game the rest of the season.”

    LOL! Gotta love Pierce.

  • Anthony

    Kobe DO get special treatment from the league. Look how many elbow Kobe throws and after completing his shooting form. The league should protect the defender from suffering a Kobe elbow instead,
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3DZNIpujeo

    And Dahntay Jones was right, Kobe sprained his ankle on the floor and not on his back foot.

    For all the wheelchair posts, Pierce already addressed that with his side of the story. However, everyone seemed to have forgotten the DWade crying on a wheelchair incident.

    • Anthony

      Where was the league statement when Kobe knocked Rubio out for the rest of the season?

  • james patrick

    If you're trolling and only here to talk smack, why don't you step out of the basement, catch some fresh air. your mom will have dinner on the table in 10 minutes then after that you can go through the help wanted section of the paper. #getalife

  • eastern scout

    fuck you too