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Rivers: 'That's what players like Paul do'

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  June 6, 2012 12:03 AM

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Paul Pierce hit arguably the biggest shot of the game Tuesday night, a 3-pointer over LeBron James that gave the Celtics a 90-86 lead with 53 seconds left in the fourth quarter of Game 5. But Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he wasn't totally thrilled with the shot selection.

"I kind of wanted him to drive, honestly," said Rivers. "I've been around Paul long enough. Right when he gets into the footwork, you knew he was going to shoot it. At least I did, because I've seen him enough.

"I didn't know if I wanted that shot. Honestly, I thought he was going to drive it, but he made it. That's what players like Paul do. It really is. He's a big shot-maker. He always has been."

Pierce said James was giving him the shot.

"I saw him back up, he gave me a step," said Pierce. "It was in my range, the shot clock was running down. I just took the shot ... I wanted to get the best shot for us. That was the best shot."

It's hard to argue with the results.

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